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MISSION 02: SHANGHAI TO PARIS

THE CHALLENGE : RESISTANCE TO EXTREME TEMPERATURES

 

Building an electric vehicle functioning under the extreme weather conditions of Antarctic, which is the coldest (-89°C), driest, windiest and highest continent on earth.

It will carry scientists safely on their field of study to conduct researches without impacting the environment.

THE VEHICLE : VENTURI ANTARCTICA, ELECTRIC TRACKED VEHICLE

The Antarctica project won the support of Prince Albert II of Monaco following his 3-week expedition to the Antarctic and was officially launched in December 2011 for the centenery of the conquest of the South Pole.

The challenge for Venturi is to place at the disposal of the scientific community a clean, sustainable means of transport which has absolutely no negative impact on the environment.

Scientific research in the Antarctic is of major importance, particularly for our understanding of factors linked to climate change. It requires a significant level of human activity. For several decades, the infrastructures designed have tried to reduce their impact on this unique and fragile environment, protected by strict regulations. Current means of transport mainly run on diesel. They are the main source of pollution.

Yet research areas are often sites of sanctuary. These particular zones are the subject of study conditions required to comply with draconian measures to combat contamination by any kind of pollution.

The 3-year Antarctica project is being developed in collaboration with logistics experts and “veteran” researchers who have worked on campaigns in the Antarctic.

The vehicle will first be tested in a cold region in Europe before being sent to the Antarctic (2015).

At the current stage of development, it is expected that the Antarctica will carry 4 passengers, baggage and equipment on the roof rack. It should have a range of around 40 kilometres at a speed of 25 km/hr. It will be a tracked vehicle mounted on tyres offering power of 2X50kW for a weight of over one ton.

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