Canadian man claims solar-powered distance record

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA - A Canadian man has set a new world distance record in a solar-powered vehicle that looks more like a flying saucer than an automobile.

Marcelo Da Luz arrived at Victoria's mile zero marker to complete his 15,000 kilometre journey in his single-seat "Power of One" solar car.

Da Luz's 140-day journey took him across Canada twice and he stopped in 44 Canadian towns and cities.

The vehicle cost about half-a-million dollars, can travel 200 kilometres on a single charge and has a top speed of about 120 kilometres an hour.

The Canadian record beats a January 2002 Australian team record in which a solar car was driven for 13,055 kilometres around Australia.



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