In 1967, Juan Ferret Carbonell built the Fervelectric, an electric car. With the bodywork based on a 1902 Rambler, it made headlines in newspapers, magazines, radio and television. Two years later, Juan Ferret was able to record it so that it could circulate. In 1980, thanks to the photovoltaic panels installed on the roof, the Fervelectric became the first solar car in Spain.
In 2007, on the occasion of the fortieth anniversary of the construction of Fervelectric, the technical diagram was updated. The entire electronic system has been updated to adapt it to new technologies.
The car is on display at the FERVE museum, El Vendrell (Tarragona). The museum is open to the public and can be visited.
In 1980, Juan Ferret Carbonell introduced an important modification of the Fervelectric, he installed a roof where he placed solar panels that recharge the batteries of the car thanks to the sun. In this way, it only depended on renewable energies for its operation.
In 1980, Fervelectric made the news again, both in the specialized media and in the more general media, radio and television. Fervelectric Solar has also crossed borders, the Chinese half, the United States and South America echoed the news as well.
Fervelectric Solar has thus become the first solar car made in Spain, since it was built twenty years before the Despertaferro, a prototype of a vehicle powered by solar electric energy developed in 2000 by ten students of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, and which participated in the SunRace 2000 race in Australia, a competition of electric vehicles powered by solar photovoltaic energy. These students visited FERVE during the design of their vehicle and the experience acquired with Fervelectric Solar was made available to them.
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