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The MIT Solar Electronic Vehicle team had an unexpected problem while taking Tesseract out for a test ride. According to the team's Web site, a Massachusetts state trooper pulled the car over for not properly displaying its license plates. He also noted several other violations such as no headlights and taillights.
Fill 'er up
In the 2003 race, the car from the University of Western Michigan fills up with solar--while providing a shady spot for the team. The cars use photovoltaic cells to convert sunlight into electricity to power their cars.
In the 2003 race, the Kansas State University car travels through the Mojave Desert on Route 66. This year's course follows U.S. Route 75 and the Trans Canadian Highway. Checkpoints are placed along the route and include Broken Arrow, Okla., Fargo, N.D., and Medicine Hat, Alberta.