Kite-Powered EV Travelled Across Australia
Evonik's Wind Explorer uses only energy generated by its portable wind turbine and a giant kite.
Evonik demonstrated the power of wind technology by driving an electric vehicle across Australia. The ‘Wind Explorer’ has its own mobile power supply and when the lithium-ion batteries are empty, they can be recharged via a portable wind turbine, which produces enough energy to travel 280-360 km a day.
As well as wind power, the Wind Explorer can be driven by a giant kite, which is able to propel the lightweight vehicle forward with only a slight wind. In this way, it reached speeds of around 80 kph as it crossed the states of Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria, and New South Wales.
Designboom notes that it covered 5,000 km in total and used less than $15 worth of electricity. The body of the vehicle is made of sandwich carbon fiber and the wheels’ specially-formulated rubber keeps their resistance low. The turbine and six-meter high bamboo mast take half an hour to erect.
You can see the Wind Explorer in action around Australia in the video below: