The shift to electric vehicles (“EVs”) began at a relatively slow rate with offerings such as the Tesla Roadster, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV and the Nissan Leaf. However, as the technology constantly improves and consumer demand increases, EV startups, automakers such as GM and BMW, and even companies that don’t usually produce vehicles have joined the EV bandwagon. Powered by rechargeable lithium-ion battery packs, electric vehicles produce minimal emissions at the tail, and are cheaper to fuel and maintain over their lifetime.
In a move that may set a precedent for wildlife conservation, a Poland-based yacht company has created an electric safari car adorned with solar panels on the roof; the company donated the vehicle to the Maasai Wildlife Conservation Trust (“MWCT”). Multihull designer and manufacturer Sunreef Yachts, which typically specializes in crafting custom catamarans, got the idea for its solar safari EV after creating a range of electric vessels. The electric vehicle will be used by MWCT, which has been working for the past 20 years to protect East Africa’s “legendary ecosystems and astounding biodiversity.”
The trust operates programs designed to protect the wilderness and wild animals as well as to encourage people to become stewards of the world’s somewhat fragile ecosystem. The Maasai Wildlife Conservation Trust also helps the local Maasai community and promotes responsible tourism and education via sustainable camps and lodges such as Chyulu Wilderness Camp and Campi Ya Kanzi.
The custom-designed, four-wheel-drive electric safari car is in line with the trust’s goal of conserving the environment and protecting local communities. Equipped with a powerful battery bank and a top-of-the-line electric engine, the vehicle is fitted with a solar panel array on the roof. The solar panels feature technology used only on Sunreef Yachts’ Eco catamarans and are specifically calibrated to respond to the needs of the eco-lodges working with MWCT. The panels will primarily be used to power some of the vehicle’s on-board systems.
Sunreef Yachts founder and president Francis Lapp brought the project to life. Having a deep passion for motorsports and customizing 4x4s, he and his R&D team used a classic UK Land Rover Defender as the vehicle’s base. They removed the Land Rover’s back and windows, and refurbished the body, retaining the recognizable boxy silhouette and leaving the top and sides open. The shipyard’s cutting-edge solar panels were then fitted on the roof.
According to Lapp, the company’s position as a leader in sustainable yachting allowed it to design the electric safari car. He is confident the innovative electric vehicle will lead to additional exiting projects.
The green energy and EV sectors are seeing a lot of interest from investors. For example, Clean Power Capital Corp. (CSE: MOVE) (FWB: 2K6A) (OTC Pink: MOTNF), an investment holding firm, has acquired a controlling stake in a firm that is working to establish a network of hydrogen filling stations across the United States.
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