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Australian student wins award for design that could turn petrol cars into hybrids.

A groundbreaking achievement has been recognized with the prestigious James Dyson Award—an innovative kit designed to swiftly and affordably transform conventional petrol-powered automobiles into hybrid vehicles. This groundbreaking invention, named REVR (Rapid Electric Vehicle Retrofit), has been developed by 21-year-old RMIT student Alexander Burton. Originally conceived for his 20-year-old Toyota Corolla, REVR has the potential to significantly reduce Australia's transportation emissions.


Alexander Burton, a student specializing in sustainable systems engineering and industrial design, claimed the national design award for his brainchild on a recent Wednesday. The REVR kit, if successful, offers the capability to seamlessly incorporate an electric motor and battery pack into regular petrol-driven cars, allowing them to achieve up to 150 kilometers of zero-emission driving.
This accolade comes at a time when Australia grapples with rising transport emissions, despite ongoing efforts to combat pollution by transitioning from conventional petrol and diesel vehicles to electric and hybrid alternatives. Alexander Burton, who embarked on this transformative project as a personal "passion project," stumbled upon the James Dyson Award during his journey.

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      • Videlis Eddie

        38 w

        This is amazing young people with such nice innovations

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        • Jane Wangui

          36 w

          @videlis_wanjiru and such amazing innovations should be supported. Financial support is welcome.

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        • dickson mutai

          38 w

          It's inspiring to see young talents like Alexander contributing to a greener future, especially in a time when addressing emissions is crucial. A true testament to his ingenuity and commitment to sustainability

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          • Tabitha Kimani

            38 w

            The student should be supported and this solution accelerated.

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            • johnte ndeto

              38 w

              This is very innovative of the student

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              • Kevin

                38 w

                Young minds always providing solutions for the future

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                • Jane Wangui

                  36 w

                  @Kevin and thats why the youths are the future.Fresh ideas from youngsters.

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                • Edwin wangombe

                  38 w

                  Kudos ... such innovations are life changing

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                  • john linus Tom

                    38 w

                    This is amazing, congratulations 👏 to the winner 🏆

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                    • CHRIS NGATIA

                      39 w

                      With such minds full of creativity and innovation we are guaranteed of a more safe and clean future

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                      • Annett Michuki..

                        39 w

                        young people are the future

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                        • Grace Njeri

                          39 w

                          @annett_michuki Young people are the greatest agents of change in a society.

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                        • Grace Njeri

                          39 w

                          Young people need to be sensitized and be well-equipped with green skills to navigate this changing environment.

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                          • Grace Njeri

                            39 w

                            Young people need to be sensitized and be well-equipped with green skills to navigate this changing environment.

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                            • Rashid Kamau

                              39 w

                              Young people need to be well-equipped with green skills so that they can better contribute to the transition to a greener future.

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                              • Jane Wangui

                                36 w

                                @rashid_kamau it is commendable work.

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                              • Princess

                                39 w

                                That's fantastic news! It's always inspiring to hear about young talents making innovative contributions to sustainable technology.

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