Aussie team developing solar-powered sports car
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.