SANTIAGO – The 2nd International Plastics Industry Fair, or FullPlast, opened in the Chilean capital with an exhibition of solar-powered cars.
Chile’s ministers for the economy, Luis Cespedes, and the environment, Pablo Badenier, took a spin in one of the vehicles.
The cars on display are among the vehicles that will compete in the 2017 Solar Atacama Rally, an annual competition for eco-friendly cars in Chile’s northern desert.
The vehicles showcased at FullPlast were the work of teams at Chile’s Diego Portales, Concepcion and Andres Bello universities.
“Our model ended up being relatively inexpensive because we aimed for a sustainable project, working with recycled materials,” said Roberto Larenas, academic secretary of Andres Bello University. “Our car cost between 20 million and 25 million pesos ($36,200).”
The fair also offers seminars and lectures on innovation and sustainable added value by experts from the United States, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia and the Netherlands.