Welcome to the REV Project Follow @UWAREV
The UWA Renewable Energy Vehicle Project (REV) hopes to “revolutionise personal transport” by building zero emission vehicles,
powered by electricity from renewable sources, charged from any plug point and viable to both the performance and commercial markets.
REV is tackling the problems created by rising fuel prices and vehicle pollution head-on. The REV team is comprises Engineering staff
and students from the University of Western Australia, fuelled by a passion for a sustainable future. REV provides a unique opportunity for
students to learn and develop multi-disciplinary teamwork plus innovative, design, leadership, management, marketing, finance and practical skills.
In 2008, we have completed our first EV, the REV ECO, a four-wheel, five-seater commuter vehicle, designed for sustained performance over typical commute distances. In 2009, we have converted the REV RACER, a two-seater performance car using a high performance AC motor and regenerative braking. In 2010, we have built a dual motor driven Formula-SAE race car. In 2013, we are developing a four-motor driven Formula-SAE race car with wheel-hub motors, an electric jet ski and an autonomous SAE race car.
WA EV Trial Report & REV BrochuresTwo First Australian Trials have come out of REV, starting in 2010:
- The West Australian Electric Vehicle Trial with 11 locally converted Ford Focus
- The EV Fast-Charging Network Trial
sponsored by the Australian Research Council and several industrial partners
The vehicles that clutter our freeways today are completely dependent on fossil fuels, which create major pollution issues and are fast running out. In recent years, the price of those fuels has also risen sharply. Hence the development of renewable energy technologies — that is, ways of powering a car without relying on petrol or diesel — has become crucial.
The vehicles that we are developing are specifically designed to be low-weight and are highly aerodynamic. This will make it highly effici ent in its use of energy, without sacrificing convenience, performance or style. All our cars are road registered, meaning they can be driven using a standard driver’s licence!
Unlike other ‘concept’ electric cars that never amount to more than prototypes, our cars are ready to drive and look very much like any other car you might find on the road. To prove this we are using existing production cars as a base and converting them to use an electric motor as its sole source of propulsion.
REV was re-started in 2008 by Professor Dr. Thomas Braunl (UWA Robotics&Automation, UWA Elec. & Comp. Eng.) and Dr. Kamy Cheng (UWA Mech. Eng.) after a precursor project had looked at hydrogen technologies. In recent years the viability of a hydrogen economy has been questioned and it seems that electric vehicles are stepping up to the role. Electrical cars are far simpler, more cost effective and easy to charge from any ordinary power point.
- Demonstrate the viability of using renewable energy sources for transport
- Display the abilities of students from throughout The University of Western Australia
- Create a series of vehicles appropriate for the personal transport needs of the Australian public as well as a performance series capable of demonstrating the capability of electric vehicles on the racing circuit.
- Develop vehicles for as little outlay as possible, and using Australian components, suppliers and manufacturers where possible
- Promote greater research into renewable energy within the University and wider community
In short, we’ll prove that a sustainable transportation future is possible.