Developed by Istanbul University scientists, this electric vehicle capable to travel 436km on single charge
11/12/14 4:00 am chumakdenis 1
Developed by teachers and students from Istanbul University, the ‘T-1’ was driven through the city’s main thoroughfare in front of curious onlookers.
This is a three-seater (2+1) that weighs just 500 kg. Top speed is 120 km/h. The battery pack stores some 30 kWh of energy, so this 500 km range seems optimistic to us. Charging takes ~ 4 hours.
Energy usage after 4,650 km was 307 kWh, which is less than 7 kWh/100 km (62 miles).
As this is a prototype with composite structure, the cost is very high – roughly $200,000.
Tuba Guven, a Master’s degree student at the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Istanbul University, said that they produced a 100 percent domestic electric car when they participated in a competition run by Turkey’s scientific and technological center, TUBITAK.
She said: "Electric cars from 30 universities participated in the competition. We became the champions and started our Turkey tour."
Guven said that 25 people worked on the project; production lasted 18 months and cost 450,000 Turkish liras ($202,000).
The T-1 team has been working on electric cars since 2009. One of their earlier projects came eighth in a global electric car competition held in Australia.
Trip across Turkey
This T-1 electric car started its tour on September 15, going from Istanbul to Ankara using only one battery for the 436 kilometer trip.
Guven said that the cost of travelling the distance between Istanbul and Ankara cost seven Turkish liras ($3). She said: "We want to know whether the car is convenient for any road in Turkey. That is why we went to Samsun and Trabzon after Ankara. We will keep testing T-1 in every region of the country.”
Another team member, undergraduate student Serdar Zurnaci, said the T-1 crew drove the car in rainy conditions also with no problems.
Anyway,a picturre is worth a thousands words, so don't hesitate to check out videos below.