Solar-electric Sunswift eVe was on show in Port Macquarie

Groundbreaking technology: Solar racing team Sunswift mechanical engineer Connor O'Shea shows Roy Lodlay from Port Macquarie the Sunswift eVe, which has twice represented Australia at the World Solar Challenge.

Groundbreaking technology: Solar racing team Sunswift mechanical engineer Connor O'Shea shows Roy Lodlay from Port Macquarie the Sunswift eVe, which has twice represented Australia at the World Solar Challenge.

CAR lovers got to inspect the world’s fastest long-range electric car when it visited Port Macquarie.

The two-seater solar electric Sunswift eVe, built by University of New South Wales engineering students, was on show near Town Beach on November 27.

The car is well on its way to becoming the first road legal solar powered car in the southern hemisphere. 

The Sunswift eVe has a top speed of 140km/h and can cover more than 800 kilometres at about 100km/h.

The car can travel up to 500km on a single charge of its batteries or more than 800km if powered by its solar cells as well. 

Sunswift mechanical engineer Connor O’Shea said the solar electric car was extremely efficient, aerodynamic and lightweight.

“I think the future is very bright for this kind of technology,” Mr O’Shea said.

He said the regional outreach tour aimed to inspire the next generation of Australians to take up challenges and try to solve them.

The car is the fifth Sunswift-built race car since the team was founded in 1995.

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