Prominent Formula-E team, Venturi, has unveiled a new all-electric exploration called Venturi Mission 03: Antarctica designed for scientists and researchers to get around the harsh terrains in Antarctica. The vehicle, officially unveiled on November 30, 2018 at the Prince’s Palace In Monaco, is an initiative of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco’s Foundation.
The foundation seeks to provide the scientific community in Antarctica a zero-emission vehicle that could withstand the adverse conditions in the South Pole. The current (and second) version is a cumulation of the original prototype that was developed between 2013 and 2015, and Venturi’s know-how in electric mobility.
Speaking of which, the Venturi Mission 03: Antarctica Electric Polar Exploration Vehicle’s twin electric motors run on the same battery cells developed for Venturi’s Formula-E team race cars and it rolls on wheel-mounted caterpillar tracks. While it may share the technology with the Formula-E race, this electric vehicle ain’t no speed demon.
The electric drivetrain delivers a modest 2 x 60 kW of power (continuous, 100 kW peak), providing enough oomph to haul the 2-ton vehicle with three people, along with cargo like luggage and equipment to a distance of 45 km (28 miles) and at a brisk pace of 20 km/h (12 mph).
The Venturi Mission 03: Antarctica Electric Polar Exploration Vehicle really is a fitting vehicle for what could be one of the world’s most scientifically important places on Earth that is experiencing, first hand, the wrath of climate change.
And no, unfortunately, you can’t buy this for your weekend off-roading expedition. However, If you care, you can learn more about this super cool vehicle and its mission HERE.