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Kite-Powered Electric Vehicle Sets Three World Records in Trek Across Australia

EvonikEvonik, a New Jersey company that has been developing lithium-ion batteries for Daimler for the past 5 years, has developed a record-breaking electric vehicle that employs kite power as its main energy source.

Astonishingly, during tests, the electric car drove 3000 miles across the entirety of Australia only using self-contained wind power. Evonik claims the vehicle produces enough energy to travel upwards of 225 miles per day and during the entire trip across Australia the car only used $15 worth of electricity.

Lithium-ion batteries outfitted with bespoke electrodes and ceramic separators allows battery cells to store energy generated by the automobile’s wind turbine that is portable.

Evonik’s car uses a kite that looks like a giant parachute to propel the EV forward using only a light breeze.

The EV is incredibly light and the body is constructed from sandwich carbon fiber. A silica-silane rubber eliminates much of the resistance that usually plagues tires.

Three world records were set during the drive. The first continent crossing by a vehicle powered by wind and lithium-ion batteries, the longest distance covered in 36 hours by a wind-powered electric vehicle, and the largest distance covered by an exclusively wind-powered automobile.

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Leigh is a Senior Technical Communicator working in the energy sector in Dallas, Texas. Prior to her work in the energy industry, Leigh spent years specializing in life saving engineering projects for the US Department of Defense. In her spare time, Leigh pursues her passions of environmental awareness, vegan baking, dog rescue, and defending the place of art, literature, and music in a world that values science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

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