By Andrew BrownPublished Aug 05, 2017 07:08:23A new system development cycle in Australia is set to see the first vehicle powered by solar energy being built in 2018.
The Australian Automobile Association (AAAI) has announced the creation of a system development and testing phase for the Solar-powered Drive.
This system is being developed as a prototype to test a range of concepts, including a fully electric vehicle, a plug-in hybrid vehicle and a high-performance roadster, the AAAI said in a statement.
Solar-powered driveThe Solar-Powered Drive will be powered by a range-extending battery pack from solar energy supplier, Solar Energy, and a combination of battery pack and solar cell technology.
The company says the system has been designed to be able to operate at full capacity, with a maximum range of 200km and a range to 100km in a 20km-range cycle.
It also claims to be “completely reliable”, with the vehicle capable of operating in the high-speed, low-speed and high-turning range conditions.
The vehicle can travel from 0-100km/h in just 3.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 220km/hr, the company said.
The system is designed to operate in Australia’s most extreme conditions, with temperatures of up to 530C and an ambient pressure of between 60 and 140bar.
Solar energy has the potential to be a huge economic boon for the Australian economy, the agency said.
“It will enable us to achieve the goals of climate action and low carbon growth that are required to meet our growing energy demand,” the AAAG said.
While the system is currently being developed, it will be available for testing to the public later this year.
The solar-charged vehicle will also have a range comparable to a conventional diesel car, and is expected to be built in Queensland.
“While it’s not possible to drive the system in any one location, our research has shown that it’s possible to build a system with solar cells in Australia that can meet Australia’s climate change targets,” the company added.
“Our goal is to produce a system that can operate in a wide range of conditions and in a safe, sustainable and cost-effective way.”
We hope that this is the start of a new era of solar-based technology for our cities, cities for the future, and the future of transportation in Australia.