Venturi Introduces Solar- or Wind-Charged Electric Vehicle
3 October 2006
|The Venturi Eclectic. Click to enlarge.|
Venturi, the French manufacturers of the Fetish electric sports car, have introduced a low-speed electric vehicle that can be recharged via roof-mounted solar panels or with a personal wind turbine.
The Venturi Eclectic seats three, and features a 16 kW electric motor that develops 50 Nm (37 lb-ft) of torque. Top speed is 50 kph (31 mph) and it has a range of 50 km (31 miles) on its NiMH batteries.
The 7 kWh battery pack is liquid-cooled, weighs 108 kg and has a projected life span of 2,500 cycles.
|Venturi Eclectic with wind turbine. Click to enlarge.|
There are four sources of charging for the Eclectic: regenerative braking; grid charge (5 hours with an onboard charger using a standard 16A plug); photovoltaic cells on the roof; or a personal wind turbine.
The Eclectic has 2.5 m2 of photovoltaic cells (yield 14%). The share of solar recharging is approximately 7 km per day of exposure. The optional wind turbine, which can be mounted on the roof or on a standalone mast, can contribute 15 km/day.
Venturi has begun the production of 20 pre-series vehicles has commenced. A limited version of 200 vehicles with specific equipment will be launched in June 2007 at a price of €24,000 (US$30,500) plus VAT, excluding State subsidies of €2,000 (US$2,500). A single-seater version will also be produced.
The company may increase production in 2009 and offer a lower base price of €15,000 (US$19,000) plus VAT (excluding subsidies).
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