The competition will see competitors race through 18 towns over eight days driving along highways and roads like any other car.
They are expected to cover more than 30 000 km using only the sun’s power.
The Sasol Solar Challenge is said to be a biennial competition. Teams from across the world design and build solar-powered vehicles to drive across South Africa in the eight-day event.
“The teams will compete to cover the most distance, following a set route each day, and then completing additional loops with the power they have left,” it states on the event’s official website. “It takes good engineering, great drivers and a team that manages energy, the weather and the routes well. The many returning teams will be aiming to break 2016’s record of more than 4 500 km.”
The finish line is in Stellenbosch, and the awards ceremony takes place in Cape Town on 30 September 2018.