From Vladivostok to St. Petersburgh by solar car––over 10,000 km in 5 weeks. With the organizer of Akita Solar Race in Japan, Hisahiro Yamamoto.
The New Challenge
After crossing the Australian continent on a solar machine twice, hairdresser Yamamoto was looking for a new challenge. The 3,000 kilometer Steward Highway across Australia was not enough any more!
The ”Russian Journey” covered almost 10,000 kilometers. Starting from Vladivostok on June 16, 2001, the team drove along the Chinese border through Blagovescensk, Cita, Irkutsk, Omsk, Moskow and finally stopped in St. Petersburg.
The Solar Vehicle JonaSun
During the Siberian trip the crew achieved a solar power only ride of approx. 200 km. per day at a cruising speed of approx. 70 km/h. Using the 1,700 watt lead-acid batteries, JonaSun reached a maximum speed of 90 km/h.
The 217 kg vehicle was equipped with a high efficiency hybrid solar battery made by Sanyo and a bush-less Epson DC motor. The solar car was made of a heavy duty frame construction, bamboo and Japanese rice paper.
The multi-national team of 8 people included solar champion Hans Tholstrup who, in 1983, was the first to cross the Australian Continent from Sydney to Perth—6000 kilometers, powered only by solar energy.
Aleksandr Popolov from Moscow had traveled through his country by velomobile before and was a big help on the way through the "Wild East".
More about JonaSun’s adventures
More about Hisahiro Yamamoto and the Akita Solar Race