UNSW students smash electric car world speed record

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Students from UNSW’s Sunswift team break the electric car world record for speed over a distance of 500km/h.

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Students from UNSW’s Sunswift team have smashed the electric car world record for speed over 500km. The team achieved an average speed of more than 100km/h, beating the previous world record of 73km/h.

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Credit: UNSW Newsroom

The record was achieved on a 4.2 kilometre circular track at the Australian Automotive Research Centre, located about 50 kilometres outside Geelong, Victoria, where a quarter of the NSW based team made the trip to witness the record breaking moment.

The car relies on a 60kg battery charged by solar panels on the roof, which were switched off during the world-record attempt.

The new record will no doubt give a boost to Sunswift’s long-term goal of getting their car on Australian roads.

“Five hundred kilometres is pretty much as far as a normal person would want to drive in a single day,” said jubilant project director and third-year engineering student Hayden Smith… “It’s another demonstration that one day you could be driving our car.”

“This record was about establishing a whole new level of single-charge travel for high-speed electric vehicles, which we hope will revolutionise the electric car industry,” Smith said.




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  1. wideEyedPupil 5 years ago

    Smart students and lecturers! More power to them ;-). Makes me realise this country hasn’t had it brain completely drained just yet!

  2. Genevo 5 years ago

    Kudos to the Sunswift team! @wideEyedPupil:disqus, agree, lets just hope those guys stay on here and startup the AU equivalent of the Tesla! But as with Tesla it will take some government support.

  3. BHARATHWAJ 2 years ago

    The latest solar revolution shows that corporates were taking the logistic division in a different direction by the conspiracy of Oil Lobby and Nuclear energy lobby. LET THE PEOPLE GET MORE AWARENESS ABOUT THE ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOURCES

  4. john 2 years ago

    I note possibly a correction needed in the article as
    “in car relies on a 60kg battery”.
    Perhaps this should read–>
    in a car relies on a 60 Kw battery”.

    • Jo 2 years ago

      Batteries are not measured in kW (not Kw) but in kWh.
      I suppose 60 kg battery is correct because 60 kWh would be a monster of a battery for lightweight a solar car.

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