Meet eVe - Your Solar Car

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12/09/13- EVe is now rolling!
We have come leaps and bounds in the last few months, last thursday eVe completed construction and we had our first testing day at Eastern Creek Dragway. It was covered by numerous outlets, including Drive which you can check out here!

We also successfully had our launch party back in September: We leave in 1 week for the race, be sure to follow us on our blog for further updates!

Thank you everyone!

We've made our target!!! Hooray!! On behalf of the team, THANK YOU to all our (at the time of writing) 252 supporters who have helped us reach our target. We all really are overwhelmed by the level of support, word of encouragement and the generosity of all our pledgers.

With your money, we are able to buy the brakes for the car, and set some money aside for accommodation along the race. As you can imagine, Brakes are very important for a car!

But if you are reading this and you haven't contributed to our cause, please don't think that we couldn't use the extra money. In fact, any extra money will go towards our food for our journey across the continent in October (i.e. the world solar challenge).

We still have 3 days of fundraising to go!
Note, thank you video coming soon :)

WOW! We've been overwhelmed with the support so far, over $14,000 raised and 195 supporters!
Thank you, thank you, thank you, to all those who have pledged towards our cause and supported us in this crowd funding effort!
We've been keeping super busy since this campaign has launched. We've unpacked the carbon fibre shells of the car, moved into our new workshop on campus, installed the rear and front bulkheads, and put the top shell on the bottom shell. Check out the photo's below + lol cat:

We're also really excited about our solar panels arriving today, thank you SOLBIAN for making those up for us :) We temporarily positioned them on the car just to see how it looks (proper install to come soon!) and soon our car will be truly green!

Meanwhile, the press has gone mildly crazy, check us out on:

Science Alert
UNSW Newsroom
Plus a radio interview on RPP FM and rumour has it that even the politicians in Canberra are recieving press releases about "Future of solar-powered vehicles in Aus is being reimagined by group of talented UNW Students".
Not to mention, this crazy site! (Russian translation required)
We're now in the home stretch of our campaign and we could really use all the support we can get to help us get to our target. We're super excited about seeing this car hit the road and we'd love your help to make it happen!

Meet eVe: she's sporty, she's efficient, she's beautiful. Like you, she's intelligent, up-to-date with the latest technology, and environmentally conscious. But eVe isn't your standard ecological crusader. What makes her different? For starters, she's a car.
UNSW Sunswift have been working on eVe's design and construction since early 2012. We have high hopes for her on the track at the 2013 World Solar Challenge, but we want you to help us get her there.
☼ Who are Sunswift? What do we do?

The Sunswift team with the current 4th Generation Solar Car - IVy

What do you get when you put a bunch of passionate engineers, business students, industrial designers, budding scientists and aspiring film directors in a room together? Absolute mayhem! We call ourselves Sunswift!
Hi! We're the University of New South Wales' solar car racing team, a rag-tag bunch of student volunteers who design, build and race solar-powered vehicles during our spare time¹. Our goal is to smash the World Solar Challenge, a no-holds-barred² 3000km race from Darwin to Adelaide held in October of every second year. It's an international race between cars powered purely by energy from the sun!
♀ Who is eVe?

eVe - model number V, and the direct descendant of IVy
eVe is our child, the fifth car conceived by Sunswift, and we'd love for you to be her godparents. One of the reasons we're so excited about eVe is that she's the first solar car we've built that looks just like a normal car. We're scrapping the Jetsons designs of our previous three-wheeled models and making something more like the car you drive already – a safe and practical vehicle with the additional benefits of zero fuel consumption, and ultimate sustainability!
There's no point in making an energy-efficient car if no-one wants to drive it. eVe is more than just an experiment: if we have our way, she's something that you might actually be able to own and drive in the near future. We're doing this not only because we want to push the boundaries of what can be achieved by harnessing the sun's energy, but also because we really believe this can one day be a feasible means of sustainable passenger transportation.
☺ So why do WE need YOU?

Building a cleaner future by engineering high-performance prototype vehicles is expensive! For eVe to live up to her full potential we need high-tech, state-of-the-art materials. This includes:
☼ - Encapsulating the world's most efficient commercially available silicon solar cells ($20,000)
♪ - A car shell moulded entirely out of carbon fibre ($100,000)
☺ - High efficiency lithium ion batteries ($30,000)
♫ - A 97% efficient electric motor ($20,000)
♥ - Engineer fuel to sustain us during the race e.g. pop-tarts, mi-goreng, red bull
Our total budget is $500,000, of which we've already raised $350,000. Don't worry, we'll take care of eVe – all we're asking you for is a bit of help in finishing her off. The $20,000 or more from this campaign will go towards buying some pretty important parts (ever seen a car without wheels!?), and also the food, fuel and vehicle hire that will allow us to attend the race.
We're starting small with a $20,000 target, to make sure that any pledges you do make will definitely go towards getting eVe and the race team to the starting line. That said, $20,000 is only enough to cover the cost of one electric motor! That's why we're looking to you guys for all the help we can get to put us back in the black. Every dollar you pledge will save us volunteers from significant further efforts to secure sponsors, especially when there is so little time to go before October's race. So, please, dig deep! Take us to $20,000 and beyond!
☻ Why should YOU support US?

We've got some really cool rewards to the right (over there →), so pledge away! Or, if rewards aren't your thing, you can make a tax deductible donation to Sunswift HERE.

You can also help us out by simply SHARING THE PAGE Yay!
Why not ask your boss if they're interested in some of the high-tier rewards for a fun solar-car day at work? Or perhaps even that one-of-a-kind shiny gold-plated eVe paperweight they always talked about... so shiny! Would your school be interested in some laminated solar cells, to demonstrate the awesome technology behind solar power? Share away!
☼ Let's make eVe poss(z)ible!
This is not your run-of-the-mill petition! Remember, you're funding more than just a fancy car; you're funding the vision of a sustainable, solar-powered future. With your support, our passion, and Sunswift's track record, together, we can DO something to make that future a reality.

¹ spare time is a relative term.
² some holds may be barred.

The Challenges

on 28th Jun 2013 at 2:00am. The payment portal is closed now.
A$10 +Thank you "shout-out" on our twitter feed + a High-Res downloadable wallpaper of eVe concept renders
33 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is June 2013
A$20 +Sponsor a 10km segment of the race! We feature your name, image and/or a web link on our live race tracking web portal - Sunswift Live - during 10km of the route from Darwin to Adelaide. A message will appear, thanking you personally for your support! [150px x 150px for images, .jpg or .gif only]
56 Chosen | 244 AvailableEst. delivery is October 2013
A$50 +A Limited Edition laminated mono-crystalline or multi-crystalline* solar cell with a personalised "thank you" message from the team. Individually hand-crafted from real solar cells specifically for this campaign! Keep them as a display item, or cut around the laminate to make the coolest ever solar cell drink coaster! ~ Incl. Postage. Add $10 for International pledgers * the type of cell you receive is subject to availability
69 Chosen | 6 AvailableEst. delivery is July 2013
A$60 +A single ticket for you and a friend to attend the unveiling of eVe on August 9th. This will be the first time eVe is seen in public, and is our official race campaign launch. Incl. finger food, drinks & you'll become a VIP supporter of Sunswift!
10 Chosen | 30 AvailableEst. delivery is August 2013
A$70 +A toy solar-car building & racing workshop, featuring the Toylabs Volta Racer! Includes: refreshments, take a seat in the record-breaking IVy (if you can fit), and a visit to our workshop to see eVe. This event will be held in Sydney. International pledgers & those unable to attend will be sent a Toylabs kit instead. Workshops are booked for July 12th, 13th and 14th. Special thanks to the guys at <a href="" target="_blank"> Toylabs</a> for supplying us the kits.
15 Chosen | 105 AvailableEst. delivery is July 2013
A$120 +Two tickets for you and a friend to attend the unveiling of eVe on August 9th. This will be the first time eVe is seen in public, and is our official race campaign launch. First 40 get to have their signature permanently scribbled inside of eVe! Incl. finger food, drinks & you'll become a VIP supporter of Sunswift!
10 Chosen | 190 AvailableEst. delivery is August 2013
A$200 +All GoneA 3D-printed model of our fifth car, eVe. Limited Edition, Pozible only offer! First 5 will include a custom paint job by the team. Dimensions (cm): approx. 15.0 w x 6.0 d x 3.6 h ~Incl. postage. Add $20 for international pledgers
20 Chosen | 0 AvailableEst. delivery is August 2013
A$250 +5 hot laps sitting in eVe! The exclusive opportunity to sit in eVe for a joyride after her debut at the World Solar Challenge. Includes: 5 laps on the track, lunch, refreshments and one ticket to our official launch party. Most comfortable experience: Design Height: 170cm, Weight: 80kg. Not recommended for those over: Max Height: 185cm, Max Weight: 100kg
1 Chosen | 4 AvailableEst. delivery is November 2013
A$450 +Test Drive eVe! The exclusive opportunity to take eVe for a spin after her debut at the World Solar Challenge. Includes: 5 laps on the track at Honda's HART track in St. Ive's (tentative), lunch, refreshments and 2 tickets to our official launch party. Most comfortable experience: Design Height: 170cm, Weight: 80kg. Not recommended for those over: Max Height: 185cm, Max Weight: 100kg
3 Chosen | 2 AvailableEst. delivery is November 2013
A$500 +Adopt a Solar Panel! The funds will be used to pay for one of our flexible, custom-made, lavender coloured solar panels on the car. In return: - Acknowledgement of your support on our website. This can include a logo for businesses or organisations. - Certificate of appreciation. - A ticket to our Launch Party. - Photo of your adopted Module.
5 Chosen | 10 AvailableEst. delivery is May 2013
A$1000 +Lunch with the project leaders including the Project Director, Heads of Business, Electrical, Systems, Mechanical, Aerodynamics, Suspension, Brakes and Strategy. + One of our team leaders will do a presentation at your organisation. Sydney only!
0 Chosen | 5 AvailableEst. delivery is July 2013
A$2100 +Solar car workshop for 30 people. This is intended for companies and organisations, or a bunch of very organised friends. This is essentially a bundled $70 tier Toy Solar Car building & racing workshop, at UNSW. Will include the opportunity to visit the workshop, check out IVy, build your own toy solar car and learn about solar energy!
1 Chosen | 2 AvailableEst. delivery is July 2013
A$3000 +Gold-plated miniature eVe in a stunning polished finish. One time offer only. Includes worldwide postage and handling. + 2 Tickets to our launch party + 2 Thank you solar cells. Oh so shiny!
0 Chosen | 1 AvailableEst. delivery is August 2013
A$5000 +Become an official Bronze sponsor of Sunswift! This includes: - Ticket to the launch of eVe (up to 5 ppl) - A miniature 3d printed model of eVe (Crowdfunding only offer!) - A thank you solar cell - Invitation to the build workshop to see eVe's progress - Your logo on our trailers, team t-shirts and all our banners - Your logo on our website - A team member will do a presentation at your organisation (crowdfunding only offer!) - Attend our track day and sit in eVe for 5 laps!
0 Chosen | 1 AvailableEst. delivery is August 2013
A$10000 +Official Silver sponsorship of Sunswift! This includes: The $6000 bronze package + Your logo printed on the side of the eVe! + Invitation to our track day where you will get to drive eVe!
0 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is October 2013