The University of New South Wales’ Sunswift Team says its new eVe solar car could be a car for future everyday use.
Although the Sunswift eVe has been built to compete in the World Solar Challenge, the team hopes its design will one day make it viable as a practical everyday car.
Project director, Sam Paterson, explained that the eVe had more conventional car features than previous designs from the Sunswift team.
“This year’s vehicle, unlike some of our previous models, has four wheels, doors and is designed to be safer and more practical,” Mr Paterson said.
“It departs from the typical spaceship design of most solar cars and looks like an actual car!”
The Sunswift team has set themselves a funding target of $20,000 in order to compete in the World Solar Challenge and is currently seeking support from the public.
Supporters can "pledge" certain dollar amounts towards specified "rewards" offered by the team. Sunswift is offering a range of rewards at different values, including the opportunity to take eVe for a test drive around a race track.
The World Solar Challenge is an annual event for solar-powered cars, run over 3000km between Darwin and Adelaide. This year's event kicks off on October 6.
Those interested in assisting Sunswift’s funding efforts can visit www.pozible.com/eVe. (Link opens in a new window.)