Last night was the 8th Annual Crunchies Awards, hosted by TechCrunch. The event, hosted in San Francisco, is considered the Oscars of Technology and Innovation.
Stella, the solar-powered car project, took home the prestigious “Best Technology Achievement” award beating tough competition including Apple Pay and Rosetta Mission’s Comet Landing.
Stella is the world’s first solar-powered family car and was built by students from the Eindhoven University of Technology. The car is sponsored by NXP and contains some of NXP’s most innovative V2X technology.
Tom Selten, Team captain of the Solar Team Eindhoven 2015, was surprised by the nomination and even more so when they were announced as the winners.
“It’s fantastic that we have won,” said Selten. “Receiving the award means that we are recognized among giants and that there is a great potential in the use of solar energy for transportation.
“At the moment we are working on designing a brand new solar car with a range of 1500 kilometers. The award for Stella will raise the bar for us even higher. We want to win the challenge but more over we want to build the solar family car of the future.”
Maurice Geraets, senior director, new business from NXP said, “This is a fantastic achievement, the team should be immensely proud of themselves. Stella pushes the boundaries of innovation and we are very pleased to be able to support this ground-breaking project and help shape the future of transport.”