Sunday, January 27, 2008

TREV an Electric Vehicle for Cities

The arguement as to whether electric vehicles will be mainstream will go on for a long time yet. It depends on just how you express the problem and what figures you include and what you don't and the same applies for using bio- fuels or doing anything else for that matter. Meanwhile manufacturers are just getting on with it and using the best technology available knowing that there will be a market in a sunrise industry ( no pun intended) which will enable them to get to the next stage and what doesn't come up to scratch of course will fall by the wayside. An example is the TREV which I think has a bright future.

Trev which stands for The Renewable Energy Vehicle has been designed by a bunch of students in South Australia. These university students describe this car as the possible future for Australian cities, thanks to some impressive figures. Trev will go from 0 to 100kph in about 10 seconds, and will reach a top speed of 120 km/h; TRev will have a range of about 150km until you need to re-charge again.


To give you an idea of how cheap the car is to run, just $1 AUD will see you to at least 100km. The reason why you get so far so little money is due to Trev’s design, the wheels are made from low-mass allow along with low rolling resistance tires. The body is made from foam, fiberglass and acrylic, with an aluminum honeycomb chassis, all of these materials helps to keep weight down.

Trev is a two-seater, so you as the driver will have room for just one passenger and not much else.

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