THE VEHICLE

Project ECARUS™ is the development of the world’s first solar-powered expedition vehicle, an electrified version of the magnificent Steyr-Puch Pinzgauer 712M, an incredibly capable 6x6 off-road vehicle that simply knows no boundaries.

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ECARUS will be an electric car that can recharge itself, has extreme off-road capability and can go where few vehicles can.
Targeted vehicle specifications are below – stay tuned for updates as design and construction progress.


VEHICLE TYPE

OFF-ROAD EXPEDITION VEHICLE


ORIGINAL MAKE

Steyr-Puch Pinzgauer 712M, 1983 (military personnel carrier, 6x6, made in Austria) - DESERT EDITION

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DIMENSIONS & Weight

Length: 5,5 m

Width: 1,9 m

Height: 2.37 m

Seats 3 + 1 child (can also be configured to seat 14)

Sleeps 3 + 1 child

Weight: < 4 tonnes (precise weight to be determined)


DRIVE

6-wheel-drive

Low and high range

Multiple electric modes


MOTOR & GEARING

Highly efficient electric Motor, 400 BHP

Single speed, 1000Nm of torque

1000Nm at Distribution Gearbox - matching (slightly exceeding) original Pinzgauer TORQUE in 1st Gear (but with higher BHP)

1000Nm at Distribution Gearbox - matching (slightly exceeding) original Pinzgauer TORQUE in 1st Gear (but with higher BHP)


BATTERIES

Liquid-cooled lithium system, 80KWh

BATTERY PACKS and Charging Plug mounted on ECARUS’ TESTING PROTOTYPE

BATTERY PACKS and Charging Plug mounted on ECARUS’ TESTING PROTOTYPE


RECHARGE OPTIONS

Onboard solar plant

DC fast charge

Standard AC charge

Range-extender (under consideration)

Flux capacitor


RANGE

> 200km (conservative estimate, range on same battery system exceeds 450 km)


CABIN

Ultra light-weight construction

Highly insulated (tested at -30 to +45 degrees Celsius)

Safety roll bars around driver, passengers and cabin


INTERIOR EQUIPMENT

Water tanks >120 litres

Air-conditioning & heating (electric and thermal)

230V AC and 12/5V DC power supply

Cooker & sink

Fridge/freezer

Beds for 3 + 1 child

Seating area for 4 + 1 child

Hot shower

Toilet

Sound system

Pool table and hot tub (just kidding)


OFF-ROAD SPECIFICATIONS

Instant torque of 1000Nm in high range (nearly double that in low range)

33 cm ground clearance (below axle housing, loaded)

45° approach and departure angles

3 differential locks

Wading depth: as deep as you dare (the electric drive system is IS IP68 waterproof)


EXPEDITION EQUIPMENT

Winch (front and back operation)

On-board air compressor and tank (can also power pneumatic tools)

GPS satellite navigation and tracker

Radio communication (UHF and HF)

Satellite telephone

Recovery and first-aid equipment

Spare parts

Public solar charging station (for mobile phones, etc)



A big Thank You to our partners & supporters:

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