SPIKE Technologies has partnered up with the Bochum University of Applied Sciences in developing a solar-powered electric buggy to race in the Australian outback. SPIKE will supply the Solar Buggy team with customized battery solutions that can withstand the extreme weather conditions.

Students from the German university are building this vehicle with the goal to set a Guinness World Record in the Australian desert. This summer, they will participate in a race from Purni Bore to Birdsville where they will attempt to survive a 224 mile distance across the Simpson Desert as soon as possible. They hope to beat the existing record of 4 days, 21 hours and 23 minutes.

To accomplish this challenge, the team is developing a compact, two-seated buggy that will be powered entirely by the sun. Therefore, it has a foldable 40m2 solar array that can generate the required energy to charge the SPIKE battery pack. This battery pack will consist of 7 modules to reach a capacity of 21 kWh, which will be enough to drive their daily distance in time. This buggy, with a peak power of 140kW will be able to go through even the deepest sands.

More information about the project and its progress can be found on their website: http://solarbuggy.hs-bochum.de/home/