Video: SRI EV1 Electric Competes in Off-Road Mexican 1,000 Race

4 years ago by Electric CarsTV 5

1,000 miles of desert.

SRI EV1 Off-Road Electric Racer

SRI EV1 Off-Road Electric Racer

750 pound-feet of torque.

535 horsepower.

Top speed of 125 mph.

Battery capacity of 82 kWh.

Battery pack weight of 1,950 pounds.

60 miles of off-road, pedal-to-the-metal range.

 

 

Yes, it’s a beast of a machine and it’s the work of the Strategic Recovery Institute (SRI): a California-based non-profit focused on sustainable design.

Inspiration for SRI EV1 came from U.S. Army Lt. Gen James Pillsbury (Ret) who asked teams to “Design, build and race an all-electric car in the 2012 SCORE Baja 1000.”  The General was seeking a solution to the US military’s foreign-theater-operations fuel bill, which he says comes in at roughly $400 per gallon.

The result, for SRI, was the off-road, go-anywhere EV1.

Team SRI is currently racing the EV1 at the NOORA Mexican 1000, which runs from April 27 through May 1.

The “refueling” issue for such a lengthy event has been “solved” by SRI’s trailer-mounted Perkins Diesel generator, which recharges the EV1 in five hours.

What’s truly amazing is that this 5,000-pound machine show no signs on being burdened by its electricness.  It tackles all of the terrain thrown in its way and is only stopped when its juice runs out.

Tags: , , , , , , ,

5 responses to "Video: SRI EV1 Electric Competes in Off-Road Mexican 1,000 Race"

  1. zilm says:

    I wonder what range does it have?

    1. kdawg says:

      From the video; 100 mile range, 5hr recharge time.

  2. kdawg says:

    If the idea is to use something to replace the $400/gal fuel, why are they charging it with diesel?

    1. SRSF says:

      That’s a prototype charging start. Army/Marines are all developing solar PV and integrated small wind + battery systems for forward operating bases.

      Done right these stations solve the fuel problem and save lives by reducing the number of convoys needed to sustain a FOB

  3. Josh says:

    GM has not flipped out about them using the name EV1? Wonder if they are just afraid to address it?