World Solar Challenge

The world is changing, energy efficiency has become one of the highlights of the future, with many companies investing million of dollars in advancing innovation in renewable energy and their applications. However, here, in UNSW, we have our own group of student volunteers who commit their time and energy to create something that will change the future. They are, Sunswift. 

So who ARE Sunswift?

We are the UNSW Solar Car Racing Team, a group of student volunteers from all faculties that work together to advance solar energy applications in automobiles. We have had much success over the years, from breaking the Guinness World Record for World’s fastest solar-powered car in 2011, to becoming the world's fastest electric vehicle over a 500km distance in 2014.

Sunswift eVe

eVe, the team's latest solar car, is unlike any solar car you would have seen before, a hybrid solar/electric vehicle, build with practicality, efficiency and the future in mind. eVe is not only one of the most aesthetic solar cars you've ever seen, but it is also part of plans to become Australia's first road legal solar sports car - becoming a symbol for the future of sustainable transport in Australia.

What's under the bonnet?

  • It can travel 800km on the equivalent of 1.47L of petrol (20kWh)
  • 4m^2 of High Efficiency Solar Array, providing 800W
  • Recharging the batter costs about $1.60
  • 16kwh battery pack
  • Two wheel motors that give a top speed of 140km/hr, with an efficiency of 99%
  • Maximum power at wheels is 8kw
  • Weights less than 500kg with 2 occupants
  • 60kg lithium ion battery pack
  • Government standard crash safety protection
  • Windscreen, front headlights, spare wheels
  • Dual redundant electrical and mechanical braking systems

If you want to join the team, whether it is on the business or engineering teams, or simply want to know more about us, feel free to contact us on contact@sunswift.unsw.edu.au