Yas Mall is pleased to announce that it is hosting Abu Dhabi’s Petroleum Institute Research Center and University (PI) solar car on the weekend of the Wednesday 1 April 2015. The car, conceived in Japan, but built by students in the capital, was debuted at a race in early 2015, and returns by popular demand to be viewed over the course of a busy weekend in Abu Dhabi’s leading lifestyle destination.
The concept around the solar car was born in 2013 at the World Future Energy Summit when Tokai University displayed its solar car, ‘Tokai Challenger 2011,’ which caught the eye of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, inspiring him to kick-start a project in the capital, working with the students at the Petroleum Institute Research Center and University (PI). The result is an aerodynamic car that has been designed by the engineers of tomorrow to be efficient and lightweight with tyres, which are seven to eight times more efficient than passenger cars.
Yas Mall already has a strong focus on sustainability and is the largest retail development to achieve a 2-pearl Estidama sustainability rating in the UAE, due to its world-class eco-friendly standards in design, construction and operation. The leading shopping, dining and entertainment destination also has the largest landscaped area in the UAE.
Talal Al Dhiyebi, Chief Development Officer at Aldar Properties, said: “Yas Mall has an unrivalled commitment to creating a sustainable future for the capital, incorporating sustainability into our construction, cleaning and waste management. We are proud to be hosting the solar car in Town Square created by the engineering stars of tomorrow, increasing environmental awareness in the UAE.”
The solar car first made an appearance during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week at the The Abu Dhabi Solar Challenge 2015; the first ever solar powered challenge in the Middle East. The local team finished second by only two and a half minutes, after racing for over 13 hours in total, against a field of strong international competition. In addition the car won first place in the Shell Innovation Awards, as well as winning the Fastest Qualifying Lap Award, and the Spirit of the Event award.