Sun shines on Melbourne sportscar company

Sun shines on Melbourne sportscar company

The world’s first solar-powered sportscar is set to be released right here.

Melbourne-based electric vehicle technology company EVX while launch the Immortus, taking tech cues from current racers in the World Solar Challenge and applying the cutting edge know-how to a street legal sports car.

Immortus will be made to order by custom car builders as close to customers as possible – bespoke car building means individual ideas and tastes can radically change the end result.

EVX makes know apologies as it admits the Immortus will be squarely aimed at at the high end of town. Specifically the company wants to target “high net worth individuals who currently own a number of luxury cars in their collection.”

“Jay Leno is one example of such an individual who does appreciate this. These individuals are currently accustomed to buying off the dealer’s floor, and not aware of the possibility of a truly bespoke car,” an EVX statement said.

It is soliciting expressions of interested from customer builders interested in a slice of this growing market.

Latest technologies will be showcased with the Immortus, as it is using a number of emerging tech currently in development, which would apply to the Immortus.

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Integrated upright – Solar racers will typically have a hub motor designed for efficiency and long range. This is ideal for endurance solar events that run for days across a continent. However, the balance between torque and efficiency differs for street cars. Immortus’ final design is an integrated upright that includes the motors and transmission along with hub and brake components normally mounted to an upright. The upright is modular and makes for easy installation:

Custom cars could mount a unit to an existing car at the front for regenerative braking and store the energy and then enter a 4WD mode for augmented acceleration that utilises the extra tracking of the front wheels.

Custom built cars can now be made electric with ease due to the use of off the shelf modules that are easily installed as part of the suspension.

The upright technology has currently been developed for the Immortus and EVX is looking for interested parties to guide the direction of the next generation of technology.

Regenerative shock absorber – This technology has been considered for some time – but has failed the cost/benefit analysis. But, in context, energy is far more valuable in a solar sports car and the the technology becomes easier to justify more attractive. Currently this technology is likely only suitable to the Immortus, but the car will act as a rolling R&D platform to optimise regenerative shock development in years to come.

Lightweight battery box – Battery banks in most electric vehicles isare typically heavy – the all-import reason is to keep the batteries cool. Liquid cooling is effective, but it does add weight. Adding kilos doesn’t help most sports cars – but in a solar vehicle it’ s only if there’s no way out. Immortus will have a battery box, which is cooled to keep its ‘charges’ happy.

Next month EVX will be exhibiting at SEMA Show 2015 (Speciality Equipment and Marketing Association) at Las Vegas Convention Center, USA. The SEMA Show attracts more than 100,000 industry leaders from around the world from more than 100 countries. For more info on sporty spirited solars, visit evxventures.com .

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