As one of the oldest student design teams at the University of Waterloo, Midnight Sun has a deep and rich history of solar vehicle technology. Founded in 1988, the team’s first project vehicle was dubbed “Midnight Sun Zero” for it’s solar bike look. For almost 10 years from 1990 to 1999, the team competed at Sunrayce, a precursor to what is now the American Solar Challenge *(link). In 1999, the team attended its first World Solar Challenge in Australia with MSV.
Midnight Sun has seen great success in the new Millennium, even breaking a 2003 Guinness World Record with MSVII for the longest distance traveled powered by the sun.
Since 2016, the team has been designing and building consumer-oriented solar cars known as “cruisers” or Mult-Occupant-Vehicles. With practicality with performance being equal metrics in scoring, These vehicles are meant to blur the lines between commercial vehicles and solar transportation.
In 2018 with our most recent vehicle MSXII, Midnight Sun became the first Canadian team to complete the American Solar Challenge in the cruiser class.