A team of engineering students at the University of New South Wales in Australia have designed a new, record-breaking car which could potentially become the first street-legal, solar-powered car in the world.
The car, known as the Sunswift eVe, managed to travel at over 300 miles-per-hour, which broke a 26-year-old world speed record, with an average speed of more than 60 miles-per-hour on a single charge. The Sunswift’s designers are hoping that the test demonstrates that the car is ready for commervial use, and expect the vehicle to meet Australia’s road registration requirements in as little as a year’s time.
Currently, the Sunswift only seats two people, has a carbon-fiber body that weighs about 650 pounds, and doesn’t offer many of the features that are usually considered standard for most production vehicles. The car also comes equipped with solar panels on the roof and hood in order to charge its battery.
“We are working to improve it and build on the ideas that have worked and the ideas that haven’t worked as great,” said Simba Kuestler, one of the creators of the Sunswift. “When I first joined the solar car team, I thought it would be cool to work on and it looked pretty cool, but breaking world records shows it has the potential to be commercialised, there is still a long way to go, but it’s possible.”
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