3 / 12 / 2014
As part of the SunCar project at ETH Zurich's Department of Mechanical Engineering and Process Engineering, students converted a Skoda Octavia estate from an ordinary car to an electric vehicle powered by solar energy. HUBER+SUHNER supported the project with RADOX ® cables.
With the SunCar project, the students' objective is to convert conventional vehicles into environmentally friendly electric cars. The idea is to achieve the maximum performance from the vehicle, without compromising power and range. To convert the Skoda Octavia estate into an electric car, the students equipped it with an electric drive system, as well as a single-cylinder four-stroke internal combustion engine fuelled with bio-ethanol E85 or petrol (as a range extender). The range extender increases the range of the SunCar Family. This helps to make the car a vehicle that is suitable for everyday use, and comparable with conventionally powered cars in terms of range, despite substantially lower fuel consumption.
RADOX cables in the estate car
As its contribution to the success of this project, HUBER+SUHNER's Automotive unit donated various RADOX cables. HUBER+SUHNER's professionals also supported the students with advice and technical expertise.
Thanks to their electron-beam crosslinked insulation material, RADOX cables from HUBER+SUHNER are highly resistant to thermal, chemical, electrical and mechanical stress. The cables' service life is not impacted by high humidity levels or vehicle operating fluids. All of which guarantees long-lasting connections in the engine compartment and enhances the pleasure of driving.
A solar panel with a peak output of 340 watts is installed on the roof of the car to convert solar energy into electricity. The electric motor achieves a maximum output of 120 kW and delivers constant torque. A small and efficient internal combustion engine (320 cc) is used to extend the all-electric range of the car from 120 to 1000 km. An intelligent algorithm controls the range extender, ensuring that drivers can reach their destination without a stopover at the charger socket.
Environmentally friendly driving pleasure
Solar energy makes the Skoda Octavia estate an eco-friendly car. In supporting the SunCar project at ETH Zurich, HUBER+SUHNER is contributing towards the further development of environmentally-friendly forms of energy and advanced technologies in everyday life.