Cambridge University Eco Racing Unveils Four-Seater Electric Car That Can Power The EV Using Just The Power Of A Kettle!
An undergraduate team, Cambridge University Eco Racing (CUER) have collaborated with top U.K. automotive companies and experts to develop and manufacture ‘Helia’ – a new solar powered electric vehicle.
The students have created the vehicle to demonstrate current electric vehicle and renewable energy technology, with the aim being to inspire the next generation of engineers and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students.
According to Xiaofan Zhang, CUER programme Director “It’s incredible to see how electric vehicle technology has developed so far in such a short time. These innovations have allowed us to build a four-seat car that is much faster, more efficient and practical.”
Firstly, Cambridge University is close to my heart. No, I am not an alumni and certainly do not have the mental prowess to walk through the hallowed halls of this prestigious institution. However, my nephew is currently studying engineering at Cambridge. So certainly close to my heart!
For all those vociferous opponents of zero-emission transportation, it is a firm reminder, that the EV sector will continue to benefit from ‘momentous innovation‘ leading to the mass adoption of EVs globally.
It is indeed an incredible achievement to power a vehicle with four occupants with just the power of a kettle. It has given a whole new perspective to making a cup of tea!
The electric vehicle can reach a speed of 50 mph and can achieve a range of up to 900 kilometers on a single charge i.e. equivalent to a trip from Edinburgh to London. Perfect for those nervous about range anxiety. The EV can be powered by both an EV charge and solar power.
We will certainly continue to see significant more innovation in battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and as the market continues to develop rapidly. For those naysayers of zero-emission road transportation, next time you make a cup of tea, reflect on what Cambridge University has just achieved!
Researches at Pennsylvania State University have developed a lithium-ion battery capable of adding 200 to 300 miles of zero-emission range to an electric car in just 10 minutes. EV owners may soon be able to pull into a fuelling station, plug their cars in, go to the restroom, get a cup of coffee and in 10 minutes, drive out with a full charged battery, according to a team of engineers.
According to Chao-Yang Wang, Director of Electrochemical Engine Centre at Penn State “We demonstrated that we can charge an electric vehicle in ten minutes for a 200 to 300 mile range. And we can do this maintaining 2,500 charging cycles, or equivalent of half a million miles of travel.”
Two issues have skewed the perception of potential electric car buyers: range anxiety and charging speed. To a large extent, range anxiety is fast disappearing as newer all-electric car models demonstrate considerably higher emission free range in ‘real world conditions’. Most EVs being introduced are capable of rapid charging, where such infrastructure exists. This has certainly helped in alleviating the concern regarding the time to recharge electric vehicle. Even though most EV charging is done overnight at home, those that need to charge at public charging points for longer journeys, want to achieve at least 80% charge in the time they can gulp down a coffee! Certainly the news from Penn State is encouraging and we do believe, we will see significant more innovation in the immediate to medium term, that will enable charging an EV just as efficiently as refuelling an ICE car. So those out there that are impatient like me but want zero-emission electric driving, the stars are certainly aligning in our favour!
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