Wave 2012: From sun to street
As in 2011, HUBER+SUHNER once again supported the SunCar project at ETH Zurich in 2012. True to the project motto “From sun to street”, the students at ETH Zurich have developed an electrically driven road car that runs on environmentally friendly energy. In 2012, the car participated in WAVE, the world’s largest rally for electric vehicles.
The route for WAVE 2012 runs for 2,674 km from Italy to the Netherlands, passing through Switzerland and Germany on the way. One of the 20 participating vehicles was the SunCar from ETH Zurich, which made it all the way to the finish line. As in the previous year, this year’s entry was based on a Lotus Evora with a totally redesigned interior. HUBER+SUHNER once again provided all the necessary cables and also sent along an apprentice electrician to help with the installation. The vehicle successfully passed the technical safety check on its 400 V traction network, allowing it to be certified street legal and participate in the WAVE 2012. In a new development for this year, the energy supply to the SunCar was not only generated from a solar plant on the vehicle itself, but also from panels on a house roof. This solar fuel station was built specially for the SunCar, also using cables from HUBER+SUHNER. It provides enough energy to power the car for around 100,000 km each year. HUBER+SUHNER will once again be supporting the SunCar project in 2013 and looks forward to finding out about this year’s new and updated designs – this time based on a different vehicle.