Solar Car Entrepreneur to Speak at FIT | News

MELBOURNE – Solar-powered vehicle designer Julian Field will be the featured speaker at Florida Tech’s F. Alan Smith Distinguished Lecture Series.

Field is the founding chairman of Solar Transport Systems, a start-up company preparing for the commercial launch of a solar-powered car boasting a 50-mile range. He is a Florida Tech alumnus currently living in Yorkshire England.

His lecture is entitled “Making A Car Powered By The Sun”. It will be presented virtually from noon to 1 p.m. EDT on March 30.

Field brings years of successful experience across multiple business sectors to his solar vehicle start-up. He was born in Argentina and raised in Venezuela and later attended Florida Tech, where he graduated in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering.

He began his career as a senior field engineer with Schlumberger, a leader in oil and gas, with international assignments in Algeria, Nigeria and Gabon from 1985 through 1988. He later served as managing director at Tomlinson Furniture Ltd., a manufacturer and wholesaler of furniture, supplying an international network of retailers and distributors. He was also European marketing director at Courtaulds from 1989 to 1995. He was responsible for marketing and export sales in Europe, the Middle East and Africa for the company’s $230 million aerospace paints and sealants business.

In 1999, he founded and led Furniture123.co.uk, the UK’s first online furniture retailer and eventually its largest. He sold it to Buy It Direct Ltd. in 2012.

In 2013, Field and his son James began to design a solar-powered vehicle that would be practical, affordable and road legal. The result was SPV1, which had a battery capable of recharging in three hours under normal daylight conditions.

Encouraged by their success and recognizing the commercial potential for solar vehicles, the Fields founded Solar Transport Systems and began work on a production vehicle. Six years later, they introduced the INTI, a two-seater named after the Incan sun god. Energy from the sun is stored in the INTI’s battery, which powers an electric motor up to a 50-mile range. The vehicle can also be plugged into a household outlet for additional range. The first INTIs are expected to be delivered in 2022.

Field’s lecture is co-sponsored by the Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Brevard Sustainability Working Group. The event is free, but registration is required at www.floridatech.edu/lectureseries.

In addition to his role at Solar Transport Systems, Field is also currently director of an education services business. He is a member of Florida Tech’s International Advisory Board, helping to mentor and tutor future alumni around the world.