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Antarctica’s only EV had to be redesigned for climate change

many Electric car upgrade to improve performance again rangebut Antarctica’s only EV received a tune-up for the reality of climate changeThe venturi is clearly upgraded Venturi Antarctic Electric Probe at the beginning of last year warmer conditions on the continent. The original machine was designed to operate in winter temperatures of -58 F, while the Antarctic region is now relatively mild at 14 F, affecting both crew and performance.

The company added a ventilation system and air intakes to the front of Antarctica to prevent overheating in the cockpit, and additional intakes keep the power electronics from heating up. also required redesigned wheel sprockets. Vibrations were created as warm snow adhered to the sprockets, compressed and hardened. Future upgrades will help restore range lost due to changing snow consistency. Antarctica was designed to cover 31 miles, but scientists limit it to 25 miles.

Arstecnica Note Venturi’s EVs have been in service at the Princess Elisabeth Antarctic Station in Belgium since December 2021. battery (Plus an optional second pack), but raw power isn’t the point. This design allows station residents to do research without contributing. emissions Or pollute a relatively pristine area.

We may not see the Venturi make similar climate-related upgrades for a while.However, how does the refresh global warming It can affect transportation in subtle ways. Venturi and other manufacturers may have to design their next rover on the assumption that Antarctica won’t be as cold as it used to be.

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