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    NEAR & AT BATHURST, NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA

    The first solar-powered car to cross a continent arrived in Sydney, Australia on January 7.

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    1. GVs Solar car moving along highway in Australia. (2 SHOTS) 0.16
    2. SV & GV Back-up vehicles and solar car proceeding in convoy. (3 SHOTS) 0.35
    3. GV PAN Car stops at village and crowd gathers round. 0.41
    4. SVs Crowd around the car. (2 SHOTS) 0.52
    5. SCUs Solar car. 0.58
    6. AERIAL VIEW Solar car moving along road. 1.07
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    Background: NEAR & AT BATHURST, NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA

    The first solar-powered car to cross a continent arrived in Sydney, Australia on January 7. The plastic bathtub-style vehicle with a large wing on top, took less than 20 days to complete the 4,000 kilometre (2,500 mile) trip from Perth at an average speed of just under 30 kilometres-per-hour (18 mph). It was steered by a two-man team: racing car driver Larry Perkins and adventurer Hans Tholstrop, who was at the wheel on this stretch. Crowds gathered round the car wherever it stopped and the people of Bathurst, in New South Wales where Tholstrop took a break, proved no exception. The trip was originally expected to take a month, but the solar cells, placed on top of the wing, performed better than estimated. They converted the sun's power into electricity which charged two standard car batteries. These, in turn, drove the vehicle's one horse power electric motor. The event was sponsored by a major oil company and was given official blessing by Australia's Federal Energy Minister Sir John Carrick, who presided at the car's arrival in Sydney.

    Source: AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING COMMISSION

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1MPZR0EW3ZXBWNICZYW75UWAD
    Media URN:
    VLVA1MPZR0EW3ZXBWNICZYW75UWAD
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/01/1983
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:08:00
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    N/A

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