Sasol Solar Challenge to return in 2024

10th February 2023 By: Irma Venter - Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor

The biennial Sasol Solar Challenge is set to return from September 13 to 20, 2024.

The race will be an eight-day event.

“We are thrilled to launch the eighth edition of the Sasol Solar Challenge,” says race owner and director Robert Walker.

“We look forward to hosting the solar car teams and to travel with them on the South African roads.”

One of the goals of the Sasol Solar Challenge is to influence communities along the route to embrace renewable energy and science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) education.

Since its debut in 2008, the event has visited roughly 50 towns in eight of the nine provinces in the country.

To maximise the impact of the race on communities, and to inspire more scholars to pursue STEM education, the event will introduce a new route for the 2024 event.

“We always look at ways to improve the event in order to give a fun-filled experience to the communities along the route, while also inspiring scholars to take on STEM subjects at school,” says Walker.

“Expanding the event to new towns across the country and introducing various engaging educational activities are one of the things that we look into when we plan for each and every Sasol Solar Challenge – to ensure that we maximise the impact of the event in the country and globally.”

Registrations for solar car teams and for expression of interest in competing in the 2024 Sasol Solar Challenge opened on February 1.