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)


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


BATTERIES

Liquid-cooled lithium system, 80KWh


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)