Solar car challenge returns to Bloemfontein

The 2018 Sasol Solar Challenge on the Bloemfontein to Gariep Dam route. PHOTO: Sasol Solar Challenge.

The 2022 Sasol Solar Challenge (SSC) will return to Bloemfontein in September to wrap up day two of the event at the University of the Free State.

The SSC is renowned for being uniquely challenging due to the varying weather conditions and a total altitude drop of nearly 2000 metres, which puts the newly launched technology inside the solar cars to the ultimate test. The 2022 event will bring more teams from around the world – including new and experienced South African teams, making this the biggest solar challenge in Africa.

According to the SSC representative in Bloemfontein, Floris Niehaus, “The community of Bloemfontein is looking forward to witnessing innovative solar technologies that will be showcased by the solar car teams. Learners will have the opportunity to interact and learn more about STEM in the real world from like-minded scholars. We hope this experience results in an increased interest in STEM subjects for learners and subsequently pursuing careers in the field of STEM”.

The 2022 route from Johannesburg to Cape Town will include five provinces, 14 towns, and some 20 communities. Spectators are welcome at all stops, and more information on the route and the teams can be found on SSC’s social media pages.

Justine Fortuin