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Rapid Retrofits (REVR)

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Affordable electric car conversion kit wins Australian design award

Alexander Burton, an Australian design student, has created the REVR (Rapid Electric Vehicle Retrofits) kit, a low-cost solution for converting petrol or diesel cars to hybrid electric, winning the national James Dyson Award in the process. Unlike traditional conversion services that can cost around AU$50,000, REVR aims to offer an alternative that's both affordable and accessible.
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REVR takes a unique approach by leaving key components untouched, such as the internal combustion engine, gearbox, and hydraulic brakes. Instead, it installs a power-dense axial flux motor between the car's rear wheels, with a battery and controller system placed in the spare wheel well or boot. Additionally, off-the-shelf systems, like brake and steering boosters and e-heating and air conditioning, are integrated.

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This approach allows REVR to offer the product for around AU$5,000, making it compatible with most cars. The kit transforms vehicles into hybrid electric cars, offering an electric range of 100 kilometres before switching to the internal combustion engine. While it may not make cars fully electric, it significantly reduces emissions and extends the life of existing vehicles.
Alexander Burton's goal with REVR is to make electric car conversion accessible and reduce emissions associated with petrol consumption and electric vehicle manufacturing. With this innovative solution, people can get more use out of their existing vehicles while contributing to a more sustainable future. His ultimate goal is to convert a million cars with REVR and partner with the automotive industry to promote retrofitting as a sustainable and cost-effective solution for more vehicles.






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  • Annett Michuki..

    33 w

    Great project for eco friendly

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    • Peter Kamau

      33 w

      This is a very good model and prototype. Hoping it hits the markets soon

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      • George Kariuki

        33 w

        This initiative aligns with broader efforts to transition to greener transportation options.

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        • Grace Njeri

          33 w

          This is super amazing! Great green technologies will eventually land us in a sustainable point.

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          • Markus Lutteman

            33 w

            Wow, what a great intention!

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            • Edwin wangombe

              33 w

              We need more of such

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              • Edwin wangombe

                33 w

                Woow this is revolutionary such innovations are game changers

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                • Princess

                  33 w

                  This is a significant milestone in the field of sustainable transportation.

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                  • CHRIS NGATIA

                    33 w

                    This is great

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                    • john linus Tom

                      33 w

                      This is the way to go.

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                      • Rashid Kamau

                        33 w

                        Congratulations are in order!

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                        • Rotich Kim

                          33 w

                          Promising indeed this can be sustainable

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                          • Saustine Lusanzu

                            33 w

                            This is good for the sustainability of the earth

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                            • Elizabeth Gathigia

                              33 w

                              This gives alot of hopes and its promising

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                              • Gorffly mokua

                                33 w

                                This is a game-changer. It democratizes electric vehicle adoption & shows promise for a more sustainable future. Congratulations to them👏👏

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