Got to love Trev

When I first read about the University of South Australia building their own electric car I must admit I passed it off as just another university car. You know the ones, great for students to develop their skills but not that promising from a commercialisation perspective. Some of you may still think that about Trev, the electric car developed by the University of South Australia (UniSA) but now that I’ve actually paid attention and looked at the result I’ve changed my opinion completely.

As a motorcyclist I can’t understand why electric cars like this are not already popular, particularly as second cars and commuters. Have a look around on your next drive to work. How many cars are occupied by more than two people? Not many. What do you really need to get to and from work? Truth be told for most of us a bicycle would suffice. So why not a Trev?

Trev (two-seater renewable energy vehicle)
Like a few Aussies I know Trev might be a little rough around the edges and missing a few of the items that would make him roadworthy. That doesn’t mean he can’t scrub up a bit and compete on the world stage with a little help. I’m sure that with some modern manufacturing techniques and mass produced modern materials Trev could lose some weight and become stronger and more efficient.

Trev is already a good performer. He has a range of 150km, a top speed of 120km/h and can accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in 10 seconds all the while using one fifth the energy of a conventional car.

To prove his capabilities he competed in the World Solar Challenge Greenfleet Technology Class. The entire 3000km trip from Darwin to Adelaide cost about $33 in electricity. To quote the Trev web site:

It makes petrol look silly.

VW are planning to built their one litre per 100km car (previous post) and I’m sure it will be great with its expensive magnesium and carbon fibre components and its complicated turbo charged diesel engine. However, the combination of a pure electric vehicle and green electricity would have me standing in line to buy a Trev over the VW any day. All that is needed is for someone to hurry up and mass produce him.

Source: UniSA via AutoblogGreen

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One Response

  1. What a fantastic car. Using it every day will involve compromises but it should be suitable for many tasks anyway. This is the kind of development that Holden and Ford should be following up with instead of continuing to produce the dinosaur V8s they pump out of their factories. Why don’t these companies have any vision?

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