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ALEX - erosadster, Electric Car Project

10.06.2015

ALEXFinally an electric car that is stylish and functional and that fulfills the range needs of all - built by Swift Composites Prototypes Ltd, a new member of  IComp at MSSI.

Swift Composite Prototypes is one of IComp's newest industrial SME members. Gabriel Matthews, a Director of the company, has been an enthusiastic supporter of IComp since its inception in 2010. We salute the Matthews brothers for their entrepreneurship and initiative in bringing the development of the "Alex eroadster" to Ireland. This innovation will create exciting opportunities across the industrial landscape for IComp and many of its members. It fits perfectly with IComp's the longer term strategy of using science and technology to enable Irish industry to operate in the high added-value high-tech end of the composites market."

Swift Composite Prototypes took an altogether different approach from the mainstream car builders to the concept of building an electric car.  Swift approached the whole project from the point of view of addressing the problems currently associated with electric cars in general and also public perception of electric cars as a workable alternative to the internal combustion engine.

Not being hampered by 100 years of history, existing factory production lines and set ways of doing and thinking things, effectively they had a blank sheet to work on.

What do the motoring public in general think of electric cars?

  • Poor Range:  Will I get to where I want to go tomorrow?  How much will I need to plan for that journey? If I have a second car should I take that instead just to be sure that I make that meeting?
  • Have I the time to recharge on the way?
  • Poor Acceleration: Will I hold up everyone else? Will I be able to safely overtake?
  • Top Speed: Do I have a realistic top speed?
  • Looks: Aren’t electric cars ugly looking?
  • Safety:  If they are lighter can they be as safe?

First  of  all  the  question  that  nearly  everyone  is  concerned  with  is  the  expected  range  of  the  car popularly termed “range anxiety”.   Traditionally cars have been made from steel and other heavy metals.  While they are moving to lighter materials gradually by and large your average car today is still 90% steel, aluminium and alloys. Not so with Alex!

It will have very little evidence of your traditional car build materials opting instead for some novel and radical materials to achieve massive weight reduction. The car will be made of ultra – lightweight advanced composite materials including Carbon Fibre (used extensively in formula 1 car technology) and Kevlar (used in bullet proof vests/glass).  It will weigh in more than 30% lighter than most similar sized cars, while being both stronger and safer at the same time.  Just imagine what this will help do to the range, the acceleration and the top speed?

Next add a powerful AC motor with regenerative braking coupled with the latest advanced nanotechnology batteries (hidden underneath and along the full length of the floor) providing superfast charge capabilities with a huge energy storage capacity.  Running the length and width of the roof, underneath the lifting roof will be an array of lightweight solar photovoltaic cells, which will provide a small amount of extra power to the car as well as helping to pump back some charge into the batteries when the car is not in use.

This car not only looks futuristic with its lifting roof and doors, but also will be packed with the latest technology including a tablet that is removable from the dashboard and will allow you to communicate with the car remotely assisting in pre-heating, charging etc.  It will in addition have all the latest up to date technologies to make driving once again a pleasurable experience.  For further information see; www.eroadster.net/