After just ten days of crowdfunding, the Australian SunSwift solar car has raised more than the $30,000 (Aussie dollars that is) it set out to raise in order to get their car certified as road-legal. While they’re still about $65,000 short of the $100,000 they need to get the SunSwift all certified, they’re that much closer to making their solar car a production reality.
“The $30,000 raised through Pozible is enough to make all of the compulsory and necessary changes we need to bring our car to the streets of Australia,” said Sunswift Project Director Hayden Smith to CNET. “Every dollar we raise above this target lets us invest even further in cutting-edge technology such as carbon fibre suspension, more efficient motors, and an increased number of solar panels for the car.”
This summer the team of engineering students broke a long-standing record for solar-powered cars, covering over 300 miles of road at an average pace of 66 MPH, far closer to highway speeds than any previous attempts at sun-powered vehicles. What’s more, it looks a lot more like a contemporary car too (though not totally), and being powered by the sun, it’s obviously of limited use in places where the sun doesn’t shine too frequently.
But in solar-loving Australia, SunSwift’s aspirations for mass production are one step closer to reality thanks to this cash injection, and it seems like there’s more than a few true believers in this project.