Audi Solar Assisted Electric Car Very Cool

Students from the Georgia Institute of Technology, calling themselves the Solar Jackets, have converted an Audi TT into an electric vehicle that is partially powered by a solar system, and plan to race their innovative design in this year’s World Solar Challenge.

The Solar Jackets have been working on solar-enhanced electric vehicles since 2008, and the group currently hosts approximately 50 student members. Their car is based off a stock Audi TT Coupe body, and mates the original all-wheel drive transmission to an all-electric drive-motor.

image via Georgia Tech Solar Jackets

The car is equipped with two batteries, a primary pack that powers the drive-train and can be charged by a standard 120 volt outlet, and a secondary pack that is charged by thin solar-cells on the roof and hood of the vehicle, which powers the steering mechanisms, windows, brakes, headlights, radio, and more.

The team is hoping to turn heads at this year’s World Solar Challenge in Australia this October, an almost 2,000 miles race that stretches across the middle of the continent from the northern city of Darwin to the southern city of Adelaide.

Aaron Colter is a freelance writer and marketing consultant in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Purdue University, he has worked for the NCAA, Dark Horse Comics, Willamette Week, AOL, The Huffington Post, Top Shelf Productions, DigitalTrends, theMIX agency, SuicideGirls, EarthTechling, d'Errico Studios and others. He is also the co-founder of BananaStandMedia.com, a free record label, recording studio, and distribution service for independent musicians.

1 Comment

  • Reply March 31, 2011

    Anonymous

    This is grate information of solar electric car .Really,This one is very cool and grate model of audi..I like this one electric car very most.nnNew Malden taxis

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