2010 Paris Auto Show: Venturi Antarctica [Live Photos]
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Therefore, Venturi has developed highly specific technologies to ensure that such a vehicle will withstand very low temperatures : its specifications in fact allow for the possibility of use up to -50 degrees Celsius.
Entirely managed by "Fly by Wire", the joysticks of the "Venturi Antarctica" are designed to control the 2 electric motors with a high degree of precision. Weighing 1,200 kilos, the "Venturi Antarctica" is a light tracked vehicle which exerts extremely low pressure on the ground.
Capable of carrying 1 ton of personnel and equipment over a distance exceeding 150 km, its speed will be limited to 40 km/h, which is in fact very fast on the extremely rugged terrain of the polar region. Connected to the intelligent network at the Princess Elisabeth Station, Antarctica will optimise its payload capacity depending on the production and availability of energy produced by the base.
Antarctica is the very first electric vehicle to be used on this continent, and furthermore, it will be recharged solely by means of non-fossil energies, such as the wind or the sun.
“Ultimately, this means of transport and type of recharging should become widespread in the Antarctic, advantageously replacing for many tasks the high-pollution engines currently deployed in all Antarctic bases, engines whose fuel has to be transported on a permanent basis by airlifts,” Venturi says.
The Antarctica is joined by the Buckeye Bullet (Mission 01) and the Berlingo Powered by Venturi (Mission 02) in the French manufacturer's booth.
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