Daily Management Review

EVX Offers A Perpetual Ride On The Solar Car


Future of legal solar powered cars maybe near, which could perpetually run on the roads.

The company of EVX Ventures, which is an Australian Melbourne based “electric vehicle technology startup”, has plans on creating a “road-legal car” that will be solely powered by the solar energy. In fact, by the end of this year, the company is to even reveal a “scaled-down version” of its proposal. The EVX Ventures’ dream cars powered directly by the sun, which will run on the road has been named “The Immortus”. It is a two seated vehicle, covered with solar panels which occupy “up to eight square meters” of outer surface area.
Moreover, the design also includes a lithium battery storage which can power the car “between five and 10 kilowatt-hours”. It is also a light weight car which weighs “500 kilograms (1,100 pounds)” when it remains empty and when “fully laden”, the weight increases up to “700 kilograms (1,550 pounds)”. The car has an incredibly “low mass-to-power ratio” which enables the design to be successful, while being “extremely aerodynamic”, yet retaining a ““compelling and stylish”, informs the C.E.O cum the co-founder of EVX, Barry Nguyen. In fact, the tyres used in the car are not normal road ones, they have been “specially designed for so-called “‘solar racers’”.
At present the car will be powered in combination of battery and solar energy whereby it will “apparently” achieve a speed limit of “160 kilometers (100 miles) per hour”. Using the sun’s energy alone the car is capable of reaching “up to 80 kilometers (50 miles) per hour”. Most probably, as Nguyen states, the car may be able to “run perpetually on just solar power” whereby it will acquire an “infinite range”, although in theory so far, as the car needs proper sun shine throughout the twevty four hours and need to maintain itself at “60 kilometers (37 miles) per hour”. Yet, one can’t deny that it’s “pretty impressive”.
Nevertheless, Nguyen stresses on the point that the idea behind the technology was to install the solar cells “in tandem with existing vehicles”, he says:
“We see the solar cells as a range extender technology in everyday driving, rather than the solar cells capturing more energy than it consumes for practical use,” he said. “However, uniquely, the range is infinite when there is consistent sunshine cruising at 60 km/h.”
The 2015 SEMA show will witness the unveiling of EVX solar car that would be toned down to “a one-quarter scaled version” which will be hosted at the Las Vegas Convention Centre in the month of November. Furthermore, the project also includes a “leading electric vehicle research and development group at the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne”. The final release will mostly be featured at the retail rate of “$370,000 (£240,000)”, says Nguyen; although more than “100 are not expected” to be sold. The car will hit the road under various legal compliance which be individually constructed keeping the respective vehivle regulations of “Australia and the U.S.” Fund permitted, the full-scale version of the car will be tested by the year end of 2016.