Immortus solar car to showcase this year
Australian technology start up EVX has announced that it will be showcasing a model of its futuristic solar powered car, the Immortus, later this year. Created in conjunction with the leading electric vehicle R&D group at Swinburne University of Technology and experienced engineers of solar cars, the Immortus will boast the ability to both run on the suns energy and store it for later use.
The solar car has been designed with endurance in mind and will feature a light and nimble body – without compromising safety. EVX have also explained that the Immortus will not only have sports car performance but also be aesthetically pleasing – something that sets it apart from the solar racers seen over recent years. The biggest standout of the Immortus however is the independence it could offer; relying purely on solar cells and battery storage mean drivers would never need to re-fuel.
How does a solar powered car work?
In the case of the Immortus, there will be 7 square meters of silicon solar cells situated on the roof and bonnet of the vehicle which are 22 per cent efficient. According to the cars creators these panels will give it unlimited range on solar alone at over 60 km/h, depending on certain conditions.
A battery with 10 kWh will also give the vehicle on board storage capacity, allowing it to store the suns energy for later use. EVX have stated that the car will have a combined battery and solar range of over 550km at an average of 85km/h and a top speed of over 150 km/h. A two person composite roadster, the Immortus will be able to go from 0-100km/hr in less than 7 seconds.
Alongside the development of the Immortus itself, EVX has also identified other solar car innovations with great potential. A hybrid retrofit concept is one of these and would enable some current petrol vehicles to be converted to plugin hybrids. Lightweight air cooled battery boxes and regenerative shock absorber technology were also listed as potential innovations.
When will the Immortus solar car be on the road?
A scale model of the car will be exhibited at this year's 2015 SEMA show in Las Vegas. From here the company intends to produce a working prototype that they believe will be road ready by the end of 2016.