ASCEND Solar Car to be exhibited at Melbourne Design Week

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Deakin University School of Engineering is proud to announce that the ASCEND Solar Car Project will be presented at Melbourne Design Week in the free public exhibition ASCEND: Engineering a Sustainable Future.


ASCEND: Engineering a Sustainable Future is an exhibition demonstrating that pairing innovative minds and future technologies is helping to drive renewable energy solutions.

Deakin University has partnered with ACCIONA Energía to design and build a solar-powered vehicle to compete in the 2023 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge – a 3000 km race from Darwin to Adelaide. Briefed to create an aerodynamic vehicle capable of traversing central Australia’s rugged terrain, Deakin Engineering students have showcased strengths in engineering design and product development.

Advanced manufacturing techniques, such as 3D printing, have been used to construct complex automotive parts not easily produced through traditional manufacturing techniques. Entered in the World Solar Challenge ‘Cruiser’ division the vehicle has been designed for practicality and acceptance in the current market to substantiate the potential for solar-powered cars in the future.

The vehicle named ASCEND with be exhibited in The Atrium at Federation Square.

Visit the exhibition to see the student designed and built vehicle and speak to Deakin engineering students and academics about their designs, learning experiences and the challenges they expect to face during the World Solar Challenge. 

Exhibiting ASCEND in a public forum allows the students to test their design concepts and invites the public to consider how a car of the future could look, the importance of blue sky thinking, and design innovation so that we can all live in the world we want. The exhibition runs from May 24 to May 25.

This free event is part of Melbourne Design Week 2023, an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV.

Melbourne Design Week is Australia’s largest annual design event and celebrates design in an annual 11-day program of talks, tours, exhibitions, launches, installations, and workshops across Australia’s design capital.

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Wednesday 24 May, 9am–5pm

Thursday 25 May, 9am–5pm


FREE, no booking required


The Atrium – Federation Square Melbourne

Federation Square, Federation Square, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia