Wind-powered Electric Car Crosses Australia
German adventures Dirk Gion and Stefan Simmerer completed the 5000 km journey from Perth to Sydney, Australia in their tiny, open cockpit electric car, dubbed the Wind-Explorer. The pair charged the vehicle's lithium-ion batteries from a small wind turbine they set up each night using a portable tower that stowed underneath the vehicle.
The team also used a small sky sail to provide additional assist and to help locate areas with sufficient winds to set up the turbine. The vehicle has a maximum speed of 80 km/hr (49 mph) and weighs 200 kg, including the wind turbine and tower tubing. On the few occasions when wind was sufficient, Gion and Simmerer did plug into the local power grid, using AUD$10 worth of electricity. Their trip is chronicled at Wind-Explorer.com.
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