Research and Development

The technology exists right now to build vehicles which produce no pollution. This is demonstrated every year by the World Solar Challenge, in which extremely aerodynamic and lightweight vehicles traverse Australia using only the power of the sun’s rays. However, these vehicles are impractical for everyday use and don’t resemble the cars to which we are all accustomed. To be accepted by the public, vehicles powered by renewable energy must demonstrate that they’re both environmentally friendly and comparable in comfort, versatility and performance to “regular” and "performance" cars. Read more...

Formula SAE

Formula SAE is an international design and performance competition, organized by the Society of Automotive Engineers. UWA has been extremely successful in the Formula SAE, taking out several national and international titles, including the Word Championship in 2008.

In 2010, REV converted the UWA Motorsport race car from 2001 to a battery-electric vehicle using a dual rear motor drive with an electronic differential.

The REV goal for 2011 is to design and manufacture a purpose-built SAE-electric vehicle with four wheel-hub motors. Read more...

Performance

The second REV plug-in electric conversion project was started in 2009. It is a four-wheel, two-seater high-performance car, based based on a Lotus Elise S2, 2002 model. The car has undergone extensive alteration to accomodate batteries, wiring, motor and associated instrumentation.

Project stage 1: March - Oct. 2009: removal of ICE components, installation of electric motor, controller, batteries, drive system

Project stage 2: March - Oct. 2010: reinforcement of rear vehicles structure to carry 83 batteries, electrical wiring, prototyping of new battery management system and interfacing to automotive PC, engine sound generator. Read more...

Electric Ford Focus

Participants of the WA Electric Vehicle Trial requested a larger base car than a Getz, which was finally let to the selection of the Ford Focus sedan as the trial's base car. Although the original plan was to perform all EV conversions at The University of Western Australia, for both legal and capacity reasons, EV conversion design and manufacturing had been given to Perth-based company EV Works, while UWA/REV maintains a consulting and supervisory role.

The first two a series of eleven converted Ford Focus had been delivered in Nov. 2010 the WA Department of Transport and the RAC of WA. The remaining nine cars followed in early 2011. Read more...

Economy

REV Eco. The first REV plug-in electric conversion project was started and completed in 2008. It is a four-wheel, five-seater commuter vehicle, designed for sustained performance over typical comutting distances, based based on a Hyundai Getz 2008 model. The car has undergone alteration install the electric drive motor, accomodate batteries, wiring, and instrumentation, as well as a suspension upgrade to handle the shift in weight distribution. Read more...