UniSA staff and students have designed and built Trev, a practical low-mass commuter car that runs entirely on non-polluting, renewable energy.
Trev's features include:
- two comfortable seats, since more than 90% of urban trips have only one or two people in the car
- enough luggage space for at least two overnight bags
- 350 kg mass - because using a 2.5 tonne vehicle for commuting is ridiculous
- energy-efficient tyres, brakes and suspension
- a clean, quiet and efficient electric drive system
- compliance with road safety and worthiness regulations
- good performance, with a top speed of 120 km/h
- over 200 km of city driving before the car must be recharged.
Trev participated in the 2010 Zero Race, travelling over 28,000 kilometres through 17 countries (including a stopover at the Word Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico) to complete the drive around the world in 80 days of driving, with an energy cost of just $400.