Media contact information
Felipe Guevara
Student, Mechanical Engineering
Esteban Project, Solar Car
514 243-5570

Polytechnique Montréal’s solar car will be cruising along Ontario roads this weekend!

Saturday and Sunday, be sure to wave to Polytechnique Montréal students as they pilot their solar-powered vehicle Esteban 9 on Ontario roads.

October 4, 2018

On October 6 and 7, Esteban 9 will travel nearly 800 km in 2 days with a power plant equivalent to that of a hair dryer!

Stops with demonstrations in Cornwall, Kingston, Peterborough, Barrie and Tobermory.

Full itinerary:

An award-winning, road-proven vehicle

Esteban 9 finished 1st at the international Formula Sun Grand Prix 2018 competition, held from July 10 to 12 in Hastings, Nebraska.

This past July, Esteban 9 raced across several U.S. states in the American Solar Challenge, a road rally from Omaha, Nebraska, to Bend, Oregon, covering some 3,000 km in 41 hours, 36 minutes—good enough for a 4th-place finish.

Some facts about Esteban 9

  • Weight: 198 kg (without the driver).
  • Construction: carbon-fibre.
  • Dimensions: over 3 m long and 2 m wide.
  • Top speed: 115 km/h.
  • Autonomy: 6 hours in cloudy conditions.
  • The car’s solar panels charge the battery whenever the sun is shining, meaning that Esteban 9 can operate in good or inclement weather using the energy stored in its battery.
  • The car is named Esteban after the hero of the French-Japanese animated TV series The Mysterious Cities of Gold (Les mystérieuses cités d’or / Taiyō no ko Esuteban).
  • The Esteban project was initiated in 1998 by students at Polytechnique. Esteban 9 is the team’s 9th prototype vehicle.

The Ontario journey

  • Nearly 800 km over 2 days.
  • Real-time GPS tracking and detailed route map available on the Esteban Project website at (beginning Saturday morning).
  • 3 drivers will take turns at the wheel of the vehicle during the rally.
  • The goal of this venture is to promote renewable energy sources and prove to emerging engineers as well as the general public that covering long distances in a solar-powered vehicle is possible. The drive will also allow the team to gather new data on the car’s performance.

Team members are available for interviews.

Full itinerary:

Real-time GPS tracking and detailed route map on the Esteban Project website: (beginning Saturday morning).

Esteban Project promotional video:

Photos and media kit:


Esteban 9 de Projet Esteban

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Media contact information
Felipe Guevara
Student, Mechanical Engineering
Esteban Project, Solar Car
514 243-5570

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