World Solar Challenge 2017 dates announced

05 June 2016

Hon Ian Hunter MLC
Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation

Entries for the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge – held from 8-15 October – open today.

The bi-annual event will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2017, and organisers encouraging teams to collectively end the Dutch domination of the race with social media hashtag #BWSCtakeontheDutch.

The race is expected to attract up to 50 teams from 25 countries, who are set to race 3000
kilometres from Darwin to Adelaide.

Since its inception in 1987, the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge has become the foremost
global innovation challenge, centred on developing solar powered electric vehicles and sustainable technology.

The Dutch have dominated the event since 2001; with the exception of the 2009 and 2011 events,
the Nuon Solar team has won every title.

Eindhoven have won back to back Cruiser titles, while only seconds separated the two top Dutch
Challenger teams for most of the event.

Regulations for next year’s challenge have been relaxed – with changes to vehicle and solar area
size – to encourage participants to be more innovative with their designs and take advantage of
new technologies.

For more information visit

Quotes attributable to Environment and Sustainability Minister Ian Hunter
We encourage competitors to ‘take up the challenge’ and get behind the friendly international
rivalry of the event which is celebrating its 30th anniversary next year.

The 2015 event injected more than $14 million into the national economy – with almost half spent in SA – and translated to 121 full-time equivalent jobs nationally, with 69 specific to our State.

The international exposure the event brings is significant; the 2015 event attracted around 1500
participants with a global reach of more than five million across more than 40 top universities.

On World Environment day, it is great to be able to announce the dates for next year’s instalment
of this exciting race.

The event offers excitement, innovation and creativity, and sends a strong message on
sustainability as well as a glimpse of the future of solar technology.

The 2017 Event Regulations have been released and Applications for Entry are now open. Please visit for more information.

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