When last we looked at an entry in the upcoming Zero Race it was the Swiss team’s Zerotracer electric motorcycle. Today we shift our attention to the Australian entry, which sees the number of wheels upped to three and the vehicle, in typically Australian fashion, given the moniker of “Trev.” And if you’ve got a little spare cash laying about then you can join Team Trev and drive the vehicle for a day during the race – you’ll even get a Team Trev polo shirt!
The key features of the resultant design were:
The car was then built in 2005, painted green and named Trev. Trev was further refined during 2006, and in 2007 was driven 3,000km (1,864 miles) from Darwin to Adelaide in the demonstration class of the World Solar Challenge. Cruising speed was 80-90 km/h (50-56 mph), range was up to 120 km (74.5 miles), and recharge time was one hour.
Although Trev’s key design concepts didn’t change, the team needed to make a few adjustments to make Trev ready for the Zero Race. A larger battery needed to be placed beneath the floor to increase Trev’s range to 250km (155 miles), the brakes and suspension needed to be improved and the rear seat needed to be made more comfortable.
With Trev requiring approximately 70 Wh/km, a 30,000km trip will consume approximately 2,100kWh (2.1MWh) of energy. So the amount of energy required to drive Trev around the world is generated by one of the wind farm's 2.1MW wind turbines spinning at full power in just one hour.
A typical race day would consist of a media event after breakfast, followed by up to 250km (155 miles) of driving in the morning. Another media event would take place after lunch followed up to 250km of further driving, with the day finishing off with an event to promote the Zero Race ideals.
So if you fancy yourself as skilled behind the wheel – not to mention in front of the cameras – you can find contact details at the Team Rev website. But you won’t want to dawdle; the starting flag drops on the Zero Race on August 15.
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