Dubbo Public School students got revved up over the world’s fastest long-range electric car despite it being stationary.
Statistics delivered by University of NSW engineering students and members of its Solar Racing Team Sunswift had young minds racing on Thursday. “They were really surprised that eVe can go up to 140 kilometres per hour and up to 800 kilkometres (km) on a sunny day,” said Sunswift business manager Connor O’Shea.
The car that covers 100km for 80 cents has been transported in a trailer from school to school this week. Mr O’Shea said students at Armidale, Tamworth, Coonabarabran and Dubbo had shown “interest in how solar energy works and also renewable transportation in general”.
Dubbo Public School’s Harry Eggert and Bailey Mulholland, both 11, described the car as “cool” and better for the environment. “It’s the car of the future,” Bailey said.
The boys and their classmates constructed miniature solar cars in workshops conducted by the university students before racing them on a makeshift track.