Beauty on the surface, power hidden under the bonnet

We often hear that electric cars are the vehicles of the future. But the subject of debate are also arguments that the production of electric vehicles is very expensive, that it is uncompetitive so far, and it is subject to great pressure of automobile and oil companies. However, the world oil reserves are steadily disappearing and electric cars can be an adequate substitute of present-day vehicles operating on petrol, diesel or gas. Therefore, it is necessary to deal with the development of electric cars on the grounds of technical universities as well.

In 2011, the Department of Vehicle Materials and Technologies developed the electric car StudentCar SCX. The result of teamwork for students and engineers is a low two-seater coupe with sophisticated timeless lines. StudentCar SCX is the first sports electric car developed and manufactured in the Czech Republic, whose performance is comparable with the current world leaders. It is a harmonious combination of design and technology friendly to the environment while achieving outstanding driving characteristics and excellent driving dynamics.

SCX has a unique arrangement of the electric 4×4 drive, which consists of four synchronous motors controlled by four frequency converters. It achieves acceleration of 4.9 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h and 9.2 seconds from 0 to 150 km/h, it goes round bends without problems at high speeds with lateral overload of more than 1 G.

The interior of the vehicle is equipped with modern technology for displaying dashboard data in the form of a pair of displays and 10″detachable tablet. The interior upholstery is made with great care and perfect workmanship. A major task for the team collaborating on the development of SCX was the approval of the operation on roads, which was also successful.

When it whizzes by, you might say to yourself it is time to replace your “Diesel” or “Petrol” for something greener.

The team led by Petr Tomčík from the Faculty of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, VŠB-TUO worked on the project, the development was funded by TA01030430, TA ČR (Technology Agency of the Czech Republic) “Applied research and development towards increasing the safety of vehicles with electric drive – electric vehicles and reducing their negative impacts on the environment”.