Students from Coonabarabran Public School were treated to a visit from the world’s fastest, long- range electric car when it zoomed into town on Wednesday, 30 November.
The Sunswift eVe, a sleek, black, two-seater sports coupe, has been built by engineering students from the University of New South Wales and is currently touring the state as part of a regional outreach program.
The Sunswift team has represented Australia twice at the World Solar Challenge - a gruelling 3021 kilometre race.
In 2014, eVe took out the world land-speed record for an electric vehicle, travelling at an average 100km/h over a distance of 500km on a single charge.
This toppled a record that had stood for 26 years, and the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile recognised the team with a world record trophy.
It is the fifth race car built by Sunswift since the team was founded in 1995, with former resident, Peta Tracey, part of the group back in 1999.
How it works
The eVe can travel up to 500km on a single charge of its batteries, or over 800km if powered by its solar cells as well.
Once depleted, the batteries can be recharged in 10 hours on a household power socket, or in less than seven hours using a commercial charging station.
It costs around 80 cents to fuel the car for every 100km, compared to an average $15 for a conventional petrol car.
“There’s nothing like working on a solar-powered race car to give you hands-on understanding of the mechanics and instrumentation of both cars and solar energy,” said Simba Kuestler, a fourth year renewable energy engineering student at UNSW and Sunswift’s project manager.
“Between lectures, study and sleep, we spend a lot of time in the workshop with her.
“It’s very social as well as educational.”
On Wednesday, 30 November, Coonabarabran Primary School hosted a visit from the Sunswift eVe electric car and the team who helped build it.