Called the Immortus, the car contains 7 sq m, or 75 sq ft, of solar voltaic paneling. On sunny days, the vehicle is capable of travelling an unlimited distance at a speed of greater than 37 mp/h. Being a sports car, however, it is certainly capable of more. The Immortus can also reach 62 mp/h within seven seconds and has a top speed of 93 mp/h.
The battery is small, using a 10kWh lithium-ion phosphate battery. The car runs off of just 40 kW, and is designed to be as efficient as possible. The Immortus only weighs 1,212 lb, or 550 kg, meaning that the power-to-weight ratio and acceleration time are comparable to a Miata. Two DC motors, each with a 20 kW output, supply power via the uprights that lead to the rear wheel hubs.
EVX Ventures, according to CEO Barry Nguyen, is not a company that is in the business of mass manufacturing cars. Besides cars that run on solar energy, his company makes “boutique custom electric cars and aftermarket products”. They expect to sell just 100 of these models, and therefore the manufacturing process is simple and the cars are highly customizable.
The solar car is also designed to be aerodynamic and light weight. This allows it to travel a distance about 248 mi, or 400 km, when it is not being powered. Even at night, power usage is low because of the reduced rag and weight, and the tires are designed to be low-friction and low-contact. Off-the-shelf carbon fiber tubing and 3D printing reduce manufacturing time, cost, and environmental impact while the vehicle’s light weight means that it is cheaper to ship.
The project was first started by Australia’s Aurora Solar Car Team, who are competitors in solar races throughout the world.
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