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ASCEND a 100% electric vehicle powered by the sun

Engineering interns designed a grid that provides attachment points for more than 300 solar panels on the car’s surface. When sunlight hits the photovoltaic cells, electrons create a current that powers the motors and controls.

In collaboration with students studying Information Technology, a digital twin simulation of the vehicle’s electric drivetrain system was designed which estimates the car’s battery can reach a distance of 950 kilometres on a single charge travelling at 75 kilometres an hour.




An aerodynamic vehicle capable of traversing central Australia’s rugged terrain

Additive manufacturing

Additive manufacturing to design and build the vehicle body and to construct complex automotive parts not easily produced through composite methodologies

Carbon fibre

The chassis was engineered to Motorsport Australia Regulations, complete with one-piece carbon fibre wheels produced by global technology company and Deakin start-up, Carbon Revolution.

Impact resistant panels

The ASCEND solar vehicle’s streamlined profile and high impact-resistant panels optimise efficiency and support solar cell placement.

Concept prototyping

Generative automotive design and concept prototyping to visualise and test the viability of the ASCEND solar vehicle’s high performance suspension component.

Fusion 360

Electronic, and manufacturing parameters were specified in Autodesk’s Fusion 360 software platform to generate design algorithms for the car’s upright and suspension brackets.

3D printed titanium

The final 3D printed titanium components were fabricated to provide the optimal lightweight design for strength and agility.


Designed and built with support from