With current technology, a group of Sydney based students at the University of New South Wales has produced a solar EV that can travel 800kms and runs directly on sunlight. It’s no slouch either. It has smashed the previous 26 year old world record for a solar EV travelling 500kms on a single charge that stood at 73 kph. The vehicle was able to average 107 kph over the distance running purely on it’s 60kg battery pack. The car’s solar panels were switched off during the record breaking attempt on the 23rd July 2014 at a racecourse near Geelong, Victoria.
The team has bigger goals than simply demonstrating the viability of solar powered vehicles. They intend to make eVe street legal in 2015 and have already achieved their initial Pozible crowd funding goal of $30,000 to make the necessary modifications to the vehicle. They still need assistance – you can click here to make a tax deductible donation.
There is no doubt this is a massive Australian first and deserves the type of visionary assistance that heralds the dawn of a new age in vehicle development.