• The Sunswift car in action. Photo credit: UNSW AustraliaThe Sunswift car in action. Photo credit: UNSW Australia

UNSW engineering students set new electric car world record

Team Sunswift – a group of UNSW engineering students – have officially been granted the world record title for fastest electric vehicle over a distance of 500 kilometres.

The record-breaking run took place in July when the Sunswift car recorded a speed of 106.996 kilometres per hour smashing the previous record of 73 kilometres per hour, which had stood for 26 years.

The Sunswift team was founded in 1996. Its current record-breaking vehicle is know as eVe and is the fifth such car that the team has produced.  Over 100 undergraduate students contributed to the development of eVe in the two years leading up to the record attempt.

Earlier versions of the Sunswift car have been used to set a world record for the fastest solar powered road trip from Perth to Sydney, and a Guinness World Record for the fastest solar car.

UNSW Engineering Dean Professor Graham Davies didn't hold back in his praise for the students involved by saying "For a student project to achieve a new world record for electric vehicle speed and endurance is truly remarkable, it goes to show what exceptional students we have here at UNSW."

With the world record now official, the team is set to embark on its next major challenge – modifying the eVe to meet Australian road registration requirements.  The car will be taken off the road for a few months to begin the transformation and the student team are hoping that the car could be registered and on city street within a year.

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