Wind Power Helps 'Wind Explorer' Travel 3,000 Miles for Less than $15
However, we never really thought wind power would be feasible for a car, as it just seems highly-impractical, and very dangerous for low bridges, or tunnels. And yet here is the Wind Explorer EV, which has travelled some 3,000 miles through Australia, proving us wrong. It was also very cheap, and the whole trip reportedly cost less than $15, when it came to the electricity costs.
It is a highly-efficient electric vehicle, made out of lightweight materials (including sandwiched carbon fiber), which also uses a system of various kites to boot its mobility in high-wind conditions. Furthermore, it uses a portable wind turbine to create electricity and charge up the car's lithium-ion battery pack.
It may sound a bit too fiddly and difficult to do, and it probably partially is, but the car managed to cover between 175 and 225 miles per day.
What`s interesting is the fact that while we may not see such vehicles on the road any time soon (or ever), Evonik, the company behind the Wind Explorer has been working with Daimler on a joint venture for the production of lithium-ion battery packs for the German group's hybrids.