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The Sasol Solar Challenge is a competition designed for participating teams to design, manage, build and drive solar-powered vehicles across South Africa

The Sasol Solar Challenge is an eight-day event in which local and international solar-powered cars travel as far as they can on various roads between Pretoria and Cape Town. Some teams will travel distances of over 4000km. The 2016 event from 24 September to 1 October 2016 traverses some of the world’s most beautiful and diverse landscapes, from desert and savannah to mountains and coastal forest

The Sasol Solar Challenge route changes every year. The 2016 event starts in Pretoria at the CSIR and ends in Cape Town at the V&A Waterfront. Click here to see the route map. 

The Sasol Solar Challenge takes place on public roads with standard traffic. It is therefore essential that teams comply with the road rules and any conditions imposed by the local road traffic authorities. The route contains some steep mountain pass climbs and teams must plan strategies to conserve battery power. 

There are 14 teams competing in the 2016 Sasol Solar Challenge, 8 local and 6 international.

Click here to read more about the teams. 

The challenge has taken place every two years since 2008.

2008 – Tokai University (Japan)

2010 – Tokai University (Japan)

2012 – Tokai University (Japan) and North West University (South Africa)

2014 – Delft University (Netherlands) 

Sasol is the main sponsor of the Sasol Solar Challenge, which is supported by several other partners and sponsors in technology, transport, equipment and funding. Please see the Partners page for more information.  

Anyone can volunteer their services at the Sasol Solar Challenge. To enquire about volunteering for 2016 or future challenges, please contact Annalie van Vuuren on +2712 349 2462 or email annalie@solarchallenge.org.za

Sasol sponsors the Solar Challenge to demonstrate its commitment to STEM education and the development of skills among South African youth. The intention is to inspire young people to seek careers in STEM related fields.

With opportunities for the public to interact with the vehicles en-route, the Sasol Solar Challenge serves as a platform to inspire learners to consider careers in science and engineering. 

The Solar Challenge is a practical and engaging application of maths, science and technology which exposes learners and students to the challenges and excitement of engineering.

It creates a space for the future engineers of South Africa to develop their skills