Kite-Powered Electric Vehicle Drives Across Australia
The Wind Explorer is an alternative transportation concept that uses three different sustainable methods to recharge and propel itself.
Driving across Australia in an electric car is an ambitious feat, with the lack of power stations and the high probability of failing, but a pair of German “extreme sportsmen” recently crossed Australia in 18-days from Albany to Sydney in a lightweight car powered by a kite. The two developers and pilots Stefan Simmerer and Dirk Gion teamed-up with industrial group Evonik to produce the Wind Explorer, made from lightweight composites and loaded up with lithium-ion batteries.
The Wind Explorer is an electric vehicle with its own mobile power supply–when the battery is empty, the pilots can recharge them via a portable wind turbine or via the conventional power charging network. It takes half an hour to erect the turbine and six-meter high telescopic mast made of bamboo. In addition to wind power, the Wind Explorer can be driven by kites that can reach speeds of up to 80 kph.
Crossing Australia for the Wind Explorer team is primarily a pioneering adventure meant to inspire further research and development in the area of alternative mobility concepts.