Plans for a futuristic solar-powered electric sports car have been unveiled by a Melbourne-based start-up.
The Immortus uses solar panels mounted on the chassis to power the car – meaning it could be driven around all day without needing to stop for a recharge.
EVX Ventures, the company behind the idea describe the car as a quarter-tonne composite roadster designed to carry two people with room for hand luggage.
It will go from 0-100kph in just seven seconds and have a top speed of 150kph.
While there are obvious comparisons to make to the likes of Tesla, the company claims that they are not looking to compete with the titans of the electric car worlds.
“Tesla is a mass manufacturer of cars. We’re designers of boutique custom electric cars and aftermarket products,” Barry Nguyen, CEO and co-founder of EVX Ventures, said. “Inspired by the world portrayed in post-apocalyptic movies, the Immortus is designed to echibit a toughness that no other car has: endurance.”
Although of course, as it relies on the sun for power, the distances that you would be able to drive can vary somewhat. Take it on a cruise along the Great Ocean Road, winding along the sun-drenched Australian coast and you could expect to drive for 550km. But on an overcast day in Manchester, you might struggle to reach 400km.
There are currently no details on a price or a release date for the car, but it’s expected that EVX will make only 100 units – each with a price around $370,000 (£234,474).