(WINDSOR, ON) – Exactly one year ago, Unconquered Sun Solar Technologies and the University of Windsor received government funding for exciting new electric vehicle research and development, aimed at optimizing Unconquered Sun’s already popular Solar Powered Electric Vehicle Powertrain technology. The collaboration has resulted in a Solar Powered Electric Vehicle with an average range 45% further than an identical vehicle without the Solar Powered technology.
Three University of Windsor PhD students, a Masters student, and a senior undergraduate, under Dr Narayan Kar, associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Electrified Transportation Systems, in the University of Windsor’s Centre for Hybrid Automotive Research and Green Energy (CHARGE), published a report on December 11, 2014, outlining the findings and is expected to publish further technical papers regarding the technology again in February.
“This is further validation of the technology we are capable of producing right here in Windsor/Essex,” said Sean Moore, founder and CEO of Unconquered Sun. “Collaboration with UWin on the EV stuff is something we have been after for a while and would like to see continue. We need to facilitate more of a Stanford/Palo Alto relationship between manufacturing and our university and academia. Windsor/Essex truly has the potential to be the silicon valley of renewable technologies.”
The idea of solar regeneration on-board vehicles is quickly gaining traction, with major automotive manufacturers, such as Ford Motor Co, which unveiled the C-MAX Solar Energi Concept last year. Unconquered Sun lays claim to a US patent application for the technology, filed in June of 2012.
Program partners for this project included Ontario Centres of Excellence, Connect Canada, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and the National Research Council of Canada.