Aussie team de­vel­op­ing so­lar-pow­ered sports car

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An Aus­tralian team from Mel­bourne is hop­ing to raise cap­i­tal to de­velop a so­lar-pow­ered elec­tric sports car with a self-charg­ing 10kWh lithium ion phos­phate bat­tery pack which should give it a range of more than 400km, even when trav­el­ling at night when it’s not be­ing topped up by sun­light via its ar­ray of so­lar pan­els.

EVX says it is “an early stage ven­ture fo­cused in the R&D and commercialisation of high per­for­mance so­lar and elec­tric ve­hi­cle tech­nolo­gies.”

A state­ment on its web­site adds: ”We in­tend to be a global prod­uct com­pany in the automotive space, ini­tially of­fer­ing lim­ited edi­tion be­spoke pas­sen­ger sports cars pow­ered by the sun. We will also be of­fer­ing af­ford­able af­ter­mar­ket automotive prod­ucts to con­vert petrol cars into plug-in hy­brid ve­hi­cles.”

The car’s name is Im­mor­tus, a pro­ject which was a fi­nal­ist for Sin­gu­lar­ity Univer­sity’s Aus­tralian and New Zealand Global Im­pact Com­pe­ti­tion 2014, and EVX is sup­ported by the re­search and de­vel­op­ment team at Swin­burne Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy, one of the lead­ing elec­tric ve­hi­cle re­search groups in the world. The en­gi­neer­ing team at EVX is led by elec­tric ve­hi­cle ex­pert Dr Clint Steele.

The Im­mor­tus is a quar­ter ton 40kW com­pos­ite road­ster de­signed to carry two peo­ple with room for hand lug­gage. Fully laden it can take its 5m by 2m body from 0-100km/h in less than seven sec­onds.

It has a com­bined bat­tery and so­lar range of more than 550km at an av­er­age of 85km/h and a top speed of over 150 km/h.

Depend­ing on cer­tain con­di­tions, it can run on an un­lim­ited range on so­lar alone at over 60 km/h. The ad­vanced aero­dy­nam­ics and chas­sis de­sign al­low to feel and drive like a truly nim­ble and bal­anced sports car.

Other spec­i­fi­ca­tions in­clude: • Length: 5m • Width: 2m • Height: 1.1m • Cen­tre of Grav­ity Height:0.6m • Wheel­base: 2.5m • Track: 1.9m • To­tal panel area 7 sq.m • Cell ef­fi­ciency:22 per­cent • Cell type: Sil­i­con • Bat­tery ca­pac­ity: 10 kWh • Cell type: Lithium • Peak out­put: 2 x 20 kW • Nom­i­nal outpu:t 2 x 1.25 kW • Mo­tor Type: two hub mo­tors (in the rear wheels).

While de­sign­ing the so­lar car tech­nol­ogy plat­form, EVX has iden­ti­fied sev­eral in­no­va­tions which has global com­mer­cial­is­able po­ten­tial. This in­cludes: • A hy­brid retro­fit kit con­cept en­abling cur­rent petrol cars, light trucks and fleet ve­hi­cles to be con­verted from be­ing petrol pow­ered to plugin hy­brid. In ad­di­tion, the kit can in­crease ac­cel­er­a­tion af­ter brak­ing, and turn two-wheel drive ve­hi­cles into all-wheel drive. • Light­weight air cooled bat­tery box with multi-in­dus­try ap­pli­ca­tions. • Re­gen­er­a­tive shock ab­sorber tech­nol­ogy recharg­ing bat­ter­ies from ab­sorb­ing the bumps on the road, also with multi-in­dus­try ap­pli­ca­tions.

“The hy­brid retro­fit kit con­cept has re­cently at­tracted in­ter­est from a prom­i­nent Mel­bourne based OEM auto parts man­u­fac­turer. This is a promis­ing sign for EVX, poised to dis­rupt the 34 bil­lion dol­lar af­ter­mar­ket parts and nine tril­lion dol­lar auto global in­dus­tries,” says Barry Nguyen, co-founder and CEO of EVX.

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