Video: Fully Charged Drives Electric Trev, the “Two-Seat Renewable Energy Vehicle”


This episode of Robert Llewylln’s spectacular Fully Charged plug-in vehicle online video series presents an unusual machine called Trev.

What’s Trev?  Trev stands for “Two-Seat Renewable Energy Vehicle” and it was built by students at the University of South Australia in Adelaide.  It’s a three-wheel, two-seat electric runabout with a range of 93 miles and top speed of 75 mph. Acceleration is decent, with 0 to 62 mph accomplished in 10 seconds.

Trev weighs only 661 lbs and features a 25-kW DC motor and a 5.5-kWh lithium polymer battery pack.

Electric Trev

Electric Trev

Besides seating for two, there is room for two overnight bags in this minimalist electric vehicle.

Trev supposedly has an operating cost of as low as US $0.146 (approx. 15 cents) per mile.   This claim is partially back by Trev’s results in the Darwin to Adelaide World Solar Challenge, where Trev completed the 1,877-mile journey with a total electricity cost of $34 (US).  That’s $0.018 per mile.

Trev is unique machine and Fully Charged is exceptional at presenting plug-ins in a way that few compete with in the online video scene.  So, check the video out.  We think you’ll be impressed.

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4 Comments on "Video: Fully Charged Drives Electric Trev, the “Two-Seat Renewable Energy Vehicle”"

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Trev went around the world in 2010, much on unimproved roads, and averaged 130 Wh/mi from the wall, as I recall.

It is a dead ringer for the VW one liter prototype,…-liter-001.jpg…-liter-003.jpg

and could be sold for a fraction of the expected cost of the XL1. Imagine if Zero Motorcycles built these.

Actually, the Trev originally had 40 Kg of Kokam cells, and doubled that to 80 Kg, about 11 Kwh with BMS and packaging.

Maybe you could check your math and decimal locations on those cost/mile figures?

$34/1877 miles = $0.018/mile

Otherwise, I’d be very surprised to find that a tiny 2-seat EV is more expensive to operate than a 25mpg gas vehicle at $4/gallon.

No a-pillars that obstruct vision in turns and roundabouts! Very clever design.
I wish big automakers could bring innovative ideas to market and get rid of a-pillars without compromising safety.