Cambridge students create the UKs most efficient solar-powered electric car

November 12, 2019 by  
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Undergraduate students at Cambridge University have teamed up with Formula 1 engineering experts and Bridgestone to design and build Helia — a solar-powered electric car that is so energy efficient, it can travel more than 500 miles at 50 miles per hour on the same amount of power it takes to boil a kettle. The student team, known as Cambridge University Eco Racing (CUER), equipped the aerodynamic and lightweight vehicle with an extremely high-energy density battery pack to achieve more than double the range of a Tesla Model 3, while being just a quarter of the size. To show off its features, Helia recently competed in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2019, a renowned solar car race where 40 to 50 teams race 1,864 miles from Darwin to Adelaide. Related: Meet ‘Blade’, the world’s first 3D-printed hypercar In designing Helia, CUER pushed the boundaries of automotive battery technology and aerodynamics. Portsmouth-based Formaplex, a manufacturer of lightweight components for high-powered supercars and Formula 1 teams, created Helia’s ultra-lightweight, carbon-fiber chassis and body panels, making it possible for the four-seat family car to weigh just 1,200 pounds without compromising structural integrity. The aerodynamic build is coupled with low rolling-resistant tires — developed in collaboration with Bridgestone — to significantly enhance the electric car’s overall energy efficiency. The solar-powered Helia is equipped with high-performance lithium-ion battery packs produced in collaboration with Silverstone-based vehicle electrification company Danecca. Although electrical issues prevented the team from progressing past the first stage of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2019, they are optimistic about taking Helia to other solar races in Europe and beyond. “Helia was designed to demonstrate the technology behind electric vehicles and renewable energy and will visit schools next summer with the aim of inspiring the next generation of engineers,” said Xiaofan Zhang, CUER’s program director. “We have plenty of positives to take forward and are already in search of our next challenge.” + Cambridge University Eco Racing Images via CUER

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Mercedes-Benz just unveiled a hybrid car that can transform at high speeds

September 15, 2015 by  
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Minimal Black Box writer’s studio frames famous Los Angeles views

September 15, 2015 by  
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Aerodynamic Tierra Patagonia Hotel in Chile Blends with the Hills

May 15, 2012 by  
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Read the rest of Aerodynamic Tierra Patagonia Hotel in Chile Blends with the Hills Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Aerodynamic shape , andes mountains , Architecture , Chile , chilean design , eco-tourism , lenga wood , local natural materias , stone , Sustainable Materials , Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa , Torres del Paine

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Tesla Model S Electric Sedan to Have Faster ‘Sport’ Version and Longer Range Aerodynamic Version

October 3, 2011 by  
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The Model S electric sedan, schedule for a late 2012 release. Photo: Tesla Motors Why Not Put the Aerodynamic Tweaks on All Models, Though? Our friends over at GreenCarReports have learned that Tesla Motors will make special versions of its Model S electric sedan. A sportier one will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in a … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Have Fun On Your Bike with 50 No Handed, Easy to Master Tricks (Video)

October 3, 2011 by  
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Image via Vimeo screenshot. There are lots of great reasons to ride a bike- it’s good for your health and for the environment, and it’s economical. But if you’re not having fun on your bike, what’s the point? To help you out, here’s a video from director Ninian Doff called “A Professional Display of No Handed Bike Moves,” which is just what it sounds like…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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SKhy Bus Is A Carbon-Negative Solar & Wastewater Fueled Shuttle Bus Of The Future

September 5, 2011 by  
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Portuguese designer Alan Monteiro has illustrated his vision of green transportation : an aerodynamic carbon swallowing, wastewater recycling, oxygen releasing, unmanned shuttle bus concept called SKhy. While the actual build of this breathing bus may be a long way off, its ambitiously layered clean tech design is good fodder for green dreams. Read the rest of SKhy Bus Is A Carbon-Negative Solar & Wastewater Fueled Shuttle Bus Of The Future Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aerodynamic , alan monteiro , carbon dioxide , carbon negative , carbon reduction , cheap energy , cleantech , Climate Change , CO2 , eco design , eco habitat , eco-conscious , eco-friendly , ecosystem , electric , electric vehicle , emissions , emissions reduction , Environment , environmental design , ev , EV concept , green design , green infrastructure , green living , green transportation , hydrogen fuel cell , hydrogen fueled , infrastructure , Pollution , Recycled aluminum , reduce , robotics , skhy , skhy bus , skhy bus concept , Solar Cell , Solar Power , sustainable design , sustainable living , unmanned vehicle , wastewater , wastewater to hydrogen

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