A few days ago, the Australian UNSW Solar Racing Team, Sunswift, unveiled their latest solar ride: eVe.
This solar two-seater will soon participate in World Solar Challenge 2013 in October.
"After endless hours of hard work, planning, organization and late nights, the Sunswift team were finally able to present the ultimate product of their culminated efforts. Wiping the grease off their hands and donning crisp white button down shirts, the proud family of UNSW students were ready to unleash the spectacular beauty of eVe."
World Solar Challenge 2013
Sunswift eVe will slot into the new Michelin Cruiser Class at the World Solar Challenge and, according to Electric Vehicle News, has two motors 1.8 kW each (10 kW peak) that drive the rear wheels. Top speed is as high as 140 kmh (87 mph).
The battery pack consists Panasonic cylindrical lithium-ion cells (think Tesla) with a total capacity of 15 kWh. With the weight of the pack at just 63 kg, it seems that energy density is around 238 Wh/kg. Cruising range on a single charge with sun support is over 500 km (311 miles).