Stu­dents set on record with so­lar car jour­ney

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - Front Page - AFP

SYD­NEY — A team of stu­dents left the Western Aus­tralian city of Perth on Satur­day in an at­tempt to break the world record for travers­ing the con­ti­nent with the low­est en­ergy con­sump­tion in an elec­tric car.

The Univer­sity of New South Wales crew plan to make the 4,000kilo­me­ter jour­ney to Syd­ney across the coun­try’s harsh cen­tral desert us­ing only 5.5 kW of en­ergy per hour.

“Tra­di­tional cars are highly in­ef­fi­cient. When cruis­ing, our car, ‘Vi­o­let’, uses about the same amount of en­ergy as a four-slice toaster and we are aim­ing to use about eight times less en­ergy per kilo­me­ter than a Tesla,” said Chelsea Liang, op­er­a­tions lead for the Sunswift team.

With the group made up of stu­dents aged 18 to 21, Vi­o­let is the sixth so­lar car de­signed and built by UNSW since the team was es­tab­lished in 1996.

Al­though most of the group are en­gi­neers and de­sign­ers, the team also call upon sev­eral other sci­en­tific dis­ci­plines as well as other fields such as com­merce.

“I see im­me­di­ate ben­e­fit for stu­dents who par­tic­i­pate in stu­dent-led pro­grams such as Sunswift while at univer­sity, that be­ing the sig­nif­i­cant com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage they have

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