Students from Eindhoven develop an electric race car with very short charging time
They already know how to drive fast, now they need to learn how to charge fast. This week the students of InMotion in Eindhoven launched their plans for a new electric racing car, the Vision. The team wants to reduce the charging time of the car to just two minutes.
Who are these students and what will their new electric race car bring? Five things you need to know about InMotion and the Vision:
1. They are fast
The Vision, of which the students presented a prototype this week, is the team's third race car. With their first model, the Ignition, the team wanted to show that they can build a solid racing car. The second, Fusion, proved that they were also fast. They succeeded in doing so: the students of InMotion broke electric lap records of the Zandvoort circuit, the Zolder circuit, and the TT-circuit of Assen.
2. Now the charging
The plans presented by the students this week are aimed at significantly reducing the charging time of the car. Today, charging an electric car can easily take you half an hour. “We want charging to be as fast as refueling a traditional car”, explains Gijs Herings of the student team. The students have an ambitious roadmap. In 2020 they want to be able to fully charge the car within 7.5 minutes. In five years' time, InMotion wants to have a car that can do this in only two minutes.
3. De testcase is in 2023
The Vision is still a prototype. In the coming years the new electric car will be built and the ambitions are high: in 2023 the students want to participate in the 24 hours of Le Mans, in the Garage 56 class that is meant for innovative vehicles. Exciting, because never before has a full electric car completed the 24 hours.
4. Keeping the batteries cool is key
Over the next five years, the students will focus entirely on reducing the charging time of the race car. The cooling of the batteries plays a major role in this and determines how much energy you can generate. It is important to keep everything at the right temperature and there is still a lot to gain in that area.
5. They are not alone
InMotion consists of twelve students who work full-time for the student team. They are surrounded by a group of former members and part-time students, in total about fifty people. The students not only come from the Technical University of Eindhoven, but also from Fontys Hogescholen. The team works closely with companies in the Netherlands and abroad. VDL helped the students with the batteries and Heliox with the charger. InMotion is located at the Automotive Campus in Helmond.
Why a race car, you might wonder? After all, InMotion is ultimately about promoting electric driving in general, not about being the next Max Verstappen. “Innovation is most stimulated in a competitive environment. And the race track just seems to be extremely suitable for that.”