This Solar-Powered Sports Car Has Infinite Range
Solar cars have been racing across the Australian outback since the last 1980s, becoming ever more capable in terms of speed and range. Now that technology, as expressed in the Aurora solar car, is moving from the realm of university teams to limited commercial production.
The Immortus is the brainchild of EVX Ventures in Melbourne, Australia. Covered in 75 sq feet (7 sq meters), it is said to be capable of maintaining speeds of 37 mph (60 km/h) on solar power alone. With seating for two passengers and some luggage space, the aim of the designers is to give it sports car-like handling. It will be equipped with a 10 kWh lithium battery pack that, given its 1,212 lb (550 kg) weight and streamlined design, is thought to have a possible range up to 248 mi (400 km), allowing it to operate even at night. As long as the sun is shining and the driver stays at 60 km/h, range is, theoretically, infinite. Drive closer to motorway speeds (53 mph/85km/hr), range drops to a still quite respectable 342 miles (550 km). Acceleration is comparable to a Mazda MX5 Miata.
However, unless you're an Internet mogul or Arab oil sheik, you probably won't be driving one anytime soon, not with a proposed price tag of AUD$500,000 (approx. US$370,000). Gizmag features more details on the car.
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