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Help from a Buddy

11 May

We’ve been approached by the CEO of Buddy Platform Inc (http://www.buddy.com), offering the use of Buddy’s services for the African Solar Taxi project.


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Rear seat and luggage tray

26 Oct

The rear seat and luggage tray are now affixed to the taxi. After we’ve finished glassing the final edges and affixing the front seat, the chassis fabrication will essentially be complete.
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They call him “The Stippler”

16 Oct

With the chassis construction almost complete, stippling work nearly is nearly at an end.

Using his farming ingenuity, John has come up with a neat solution to make stippling much quicker and easier in future:

http://scg.ml.unisa.edu.au/Stippler.mov

Folding the composite panels

1 Aug

The chassis of the African Solar Taxi is formed by folding and joining composite panels consisting of polypropylene honeycomb cores with fibreglass skins.

Folding a panel first requires that a shallow groove be routed through the fiberglass skin, along the joint. A heat gun is then used to heat and soften the polypropylene honeycomb, and the panel is then folded to the required angle. Ultimately, the joints are fiberglassed, making a very strong yet lightweight structure.

The first video below shows a joint with the skin removed, prior to heating and bending. The second video, taken by a thermal camera, shows the joint being heated and bent.

 

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Chassis taking shape

27 Jul

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After several weeks of cutting, edge-foaming and fibreglassing polypropylene panels, we have at last started folding and joining panels together. Here’s the right hand side of the chassis. Note Trev looking on in the background.

Switching back ON

29 Apr

After being on STANDBY for several months, Team Trev and the African Solar Taxi project are about to be switched back ON.

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InDaily News: Building an African Solar Taxi

9 Oct

InDaily News article: Building an African Solar Taxi

World Solar Challenge

27 Sep

Several Team Trev team members are about to depart Adelaide for two weeks, to compete and officiate in the World Solar Challenge. This event has been the training ground for many of us over the years, where we have learned what it takes to design, build, race and support lightweight electric vehicles powered by the sun.

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After competing in a few World Solar Challenges, we realised that if we can drive a vehicle across Australia at close to 100km/h powered entirely by the sun, we should be able to drive to work in an electric vehicle. That’s why Trev was born.

If we can drive to work in an electric car, why can’t we drive one around the world using renewable energy? That’s why Team Trev entered Zero Race.

If we can drive an electric car around the world, why can’t solar powered electric vehicles be used in disadvantaged areas, where the high cost of petrol and electricity leaves people in transport poverty? That’s why we’re developing the African Solar Taxi.

Full suite of design renders

27 Sep

Here is a full suite of renders showing the design of the African Solar Taxi. We’re ready to start building.

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Meet our motors

26 Sep

Traditionally, a vehicle’s motor couples with its wheels through a drivetrain which includes a clutch, gearbox, drive shaft, and  differential. These components are heavy, complicated and require regular maintenance. Our solution does away with most of the complexity and weight: we will mount hub electric motors in both rear wheels. Continue reading