Engineering students at the National University of Singapore (NUS) have built the country's first electric race car, which can go from 0 km/h to 100km/h in 3.9 seconds.
From left: Muhammad Nazirul Syahmi Bin Abdullah, Muhammad Irfan bin Zakaria and Joven Thong Jie Wen with the R22e. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO
That is the acceleration recorded by some electric vehicles (EVs), including Tesla and Audi models.
The R22e, which was officially unveiled by Senior Minister of State for Transport Chee Hong Tat at the NUS Kent Ridge campus on Tuesday (June 28), can hit a maximum speed of 125.4km/h.
Fourth-year mechanical engineering student Muhammad Nazirul Syahmi, who was part of the team from the College of Design and Engineering, said they had little reference resources to lean on at the start.
"Many of our simulations and tests had to be created from scratch," said the 24-year-old.
"As we did not have experience with high-voltage systems and EV technologies, we approached companies in the local industry to conduct workshops for us and self-studied under the guidance of NUS teaching staff, to learn how to handle electrical systems."
Students of the college have built a total of 19 internal combustion engine race cars over the past 21 years.