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2007 Venturi Astrolab Battery + Solar Powered




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With 3.6 sqm of photovoltaic cells giving an exceptional yield of 21%, and covered by a film composed of nano-prisms enabling denser concentration of solar energy, Astrolab is the first high-performance solar vehicle to be commercialized in the world. Capable of working with very little energy (16 kWc engine) and of recharging even when in motion, this vehicle of another era does not need to be permanently exposed to the sun in order to move. Its last-generation NiMH Venturi NIV-7 batteries – liquid cooled – in fact enable it to restitute stored energy, whether solar or from the electricity supply, making it the first electro-solar hybrid vehicle.

With a top speed of 120 km/hr and autonomy of 110 km, Astrolab is a real “Solar Commuter” making extensive trips on a daily basis. Made by order, Astrolab is a vehicle with a considerable technological head-start on all other productions worldwide. It meets the needs of people's inter-urban travel, at the forefront of the best that is being achieved in terms of technology.

CONSUMPTION = 0, EMISSIONS = 0

This is very first vehicle that consumes no fossile resources in order to work : the emissions of CO2 required for its construction will even be compensated for by evironmental actions. A parallel can be drawn between Astrolab and a sailboat : both advance silently while making best use of the elements provided by Nature. And the piloting of both makes for sensations unlike any other. To attain this level of performance while using very little energy, Astrolab has been designed like a Formula 1 : its carbon monocoque chassis is ultra-light and serves as an oversized protection cell ensuring the safety of its occupants in the event of a collision. Its profile recalls the aqua-dynamic design of great racing yachts.

A NEW ERA IN TERMS OF DESIGN

Astrolab also opens up a new era as regards automobile architecture : light and highprofiled, it offers the rays of the sun 3.6 sqm of today’s most sophisticated photovoltaic cells (for an overall vehicle length under 4 m). Its designer Sacha Lakic describes Astrolab as : “a flying wing set on four wheels”.

Optimised to incoporate its solar cells, the Astrolab’s design takes into account the effect of passengers’ weight on the vehicle’s dynamic behaviour. Very light when empty, the tandem architecture makes for perfect balance, whether the vehicle is occupied by one person or two. With Astrolab, Venturi has given priority to the solar solution as its energy conversion technology : all of its developments allow us to hope for even higher yields in the years to come. Within a 30-year perspective, Venturi is the only automobile manufacturer capable of presenting such a solution while ensuring new driving sensations and an essential aspect of automobiles : the dream.

Type

2-seater tandem vehicle, electro-solar with zero émission

Category

Heavy quadricycle (minimum driving license B1, from 16 yrs old)

Motor

Type : asynchronous

Power : 16 kWc

Max rating : 3500 tr/min

Torque : 50 Nm

Cooling : air

Reduction Rapport : 1/7

Batteries

NIV-7 Pack (Hydride metal Nickel) 72V 100 Ah

Onboard energy : 7 kWh

Mass : 108 kg

Liquid cooling

Estimated life-span of batteries : 2,500 cycles (> 10 yrs)

Recharging

Full recharge in 5 hrs with onboard charger (1.5 kW) using a standard 16A plug

Chassis

Central carbon body with front and rear units in aluminium

Bodywork

Carbon fiber

Solar Panels

Surface area : 3.6 sqm of photovoltaic cells (yield 21%)

Power : 600 W

Average solar contribution: 18 km/day

Suspension

Mc Pherson (inf. triangle inf. + buffer spring set)

Brakes

4 discs, diameter 170

Performance

Autonomy on batteries : 110 km

Top speed : 120 km/h

Dimensions

Length : 3800 mm

Width : 1840 mm

Roll-bar height : 1200 mm

Front and rear gauge : 1760 mm

Wheelbase : 2500 mm

Front and rear tyres : Michelin 130/90 R17

Weight empty 280 kg



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2007 Venturi Astrolab Battery + Solar Powered

2007 Venturi Astrolab Battery + Solar Powered

2007 Venturi Astrolab Battery + Solar Powered

2007 Venturi Astrolab Battery + Solar Powered

2007 Venturi Astrolab Battery + Solar Powered

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