Welcome to the REV Project

The UWA Renewable Energy Vehicle Project (REV) hopes to “revolutionise personal transport” by building zero emission vehicles, powered by electricity from renewable sources, charged from any plug point and viable to both the performance and commercial markets. REV is tackling the problems created by rising fuel prices and vehicle pollution head-on. The REV team is comprises Engineering staff and students from the University of Western Australia, fuelled by a passion for a sustainable future. REV provides a unique opportunity for students to learn and develop multi-disciplinary teamwork plus innovative, design, leadership, management, marketing, finance and practical skills.

Electric Lotus Elise

Electric Jet Ski

Electric Hyundai Getz

DC Fast Charging


AC Charging

Autonomous Electric SAE

Electric Ford Focus

2013 Electric SAE

Self Driving BMW


WA EV Trial

In 2008, we have completed our first EV, the REV ECO, a four-wheel, five-seater commuter vehicle, designed for sustained performance over typical commute distances. In 2009, we have converted the REV RACER, a two-seater performance car using a high performance AC motor and regenerative braking. In 2010, we have built a dual motor driven Formula-SAE race car. In 2013, we are developing a four-motor driven Formula-SAE race car with wheel-hub motors, an electric jet ski and an autonomous SAE race car.

WA EV Trial Report & REV Brochures

Two First Australian Trials have come out of REV, starting in 2010: Download WA EV Trial Download our REV information brochure

About REV

The vehicles that clutter our freeways today are completely dependent on fossil fuels, which create major pollution issues and are fast running out. In recent years, the price of those fuels has also risen sharply. Hence the development of renewable energy technologies — that is, ways of powering a car without relying on petrol or diesel — has become crucial.

The vehicles that we are developing are specifically designed to be low-weight and are highly aerodynamic. This will make it highly effici ent in its use of energy, without sacrificing convenience, performance or style. All our cars are road registered, meaning they can be driven using a standard driver’s licence!

Unlike other ‘concept’ electric cars that never amount to more than prototypes, our cars are ready to drive and look very much like any other car you might find on the road. To prove this we are using existing production cars as a base and converting them to use an electric motor as its sole source of propulsion.

Our History

REV was re-started in 2008 by Professor Dr. Thomas Braunl (UWA Robotics&Automation, UWA Elec. & Comp. Eng.) and Dr. Kamy Cheng (UWA Mech. Eng.) after a precursor project had looked at hydrogen technologies. In recent years the viability of a hydrogen economy has been questioned and it seems that electric vehicles are stepping up to the role. Electrical cars are far simpler, more cost effective and easy to charge from any ordinary power point.

Our Goals

  • Demonstrate the viability of using renewable energy sources for transport
  • Display the abilities of students from throughout The University of Western Australia
  • Create a series of vehicles appropriate for the personal transport needs of the Australian public as well as a performance series capable of demonstrating the capability of electric vehicles on the racing circuit.
  • Develop vehicles for as little outlay as possible, and using Australian components, suppliers and manufacturers where possible
  • Promote greater research into renewable energy within the University and wider community

In short, we’ll prove that a sustainable transportation future is possible.

Major Sponsors & Donors

UWA       Department of Transport
Synergy       AMA WA       BMW

Minor Sponsors & Donors

Past Sponsors & Donors

Galaxy       Swan Energy
Crest       Gull Energy

The REV Project Awards