Wind Explorer EV crosses Australia for less than $15 of electricity; kite-assisted
Wind Explorer EV crosses Australia for less than $15 of electricity; kite-assisted 19 January 2013 Evonik Corporation is featuring the Wind Explorer—a lightweight, electric vehicle that crossed Australia on less than $15 of electricity—at its administrative center in Parsippany, N.J. The vehicle produced virtually zero emissions during the 3,000 mile (4,828 km) Australian journey, a distance roughly 200 miles (322 km) further than from New York City to Los Angeles. The Wind Explorer took advantage of crosswinds by using large, steerable kites to cover hundreds of miles. Click to enlarge. The vehicle, piloted by German extreme sportsmen Dirk Gion and Stefan Simmerer, ran on a lithium-ion battery developed from Evonik’s LITARION electrodes and SEPARION ceramic separators. The SEPARION technology is manufactured exclusively by Evonik and allows the battery cells to store ener...