The University of South Australia developed ‘Trev’ (two-seater renewable energy vehicle), a simple, low mass car perfect for urban commuting. It’s light enough to be pushed by a two year old.
In 2007 Trev drove 3,000 km across Australia using just $33 worth of green electricity. Now, with sponsorship from Google and others, Trev is currently driving around the world in Zero Race: the first around-the-world race for electric vehicles powered by renewable energy. Trev will drive 30,000 km in 80 days (plus shipping time) using about $400 worth of green electricity.
Trev has been significantly upgraded by “Team Trev” to drive around the world. Team Trev is a group of volunteers who’ve borrowed Trev from UniSA; secured sponsorship from Google, Galaxy Resources, EcoGreen Electrical and ABN Newswire; and made some major upgrades to Trev. These upgrades include a bigger battery to increase driving range to 250 km, a different motor and better suspension, brakes and instrumentation.
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