Solar Racing Sunswift eVe Gets Unveiled

AUG 18 2013 BY MARK KANE 4

Sunswift eVe

Sunswift eVe

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

World Solar Challenge 2013

Sunswift eVe

Sunswift eVe

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).


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I’ve always felt these cars to be a bit misleading. So this car is an EV that recharges it’s pack from it’s solar cells?

For it to be a true “solar car”; it should have no batteries onboard. I want to see it drive powering the motors from the solar cells and not stored battery power.

They did that in the early years of the race, but it was kinda lame race with clouds or at night… Besides batteries they also allow wind- and hydro-power, this counts as ‘second level’ solar energy. If you ask me, it’s a solar race if the energy is collected from the sun (without pre-historic co2-storage, like in oil, of course) and it’s much closer to real live driving this way.

I don’t care if they put cells on the car, as long as it is charged off PV. Even the incredibly expensive cells they use on these cars, will never be efficient enough to power a practical car alone. The Cruiser Class cars are much closer to practical cars.

Hopefully, some OEM will eventually figure out that there is a market for two seat, 100 mile range, under a ton, electric vehicles.

“Hopefully, some OEM will eventually figure out that there is a market for two seat, 100 mile range, under a ton, electric vehicles.”

There is a market for almost everything, the problem is profitability. People will not pay a premium price for a flyweight small car, so this will only become a reality when they can figure out how to make a profit at about $16k.