Lotus Makes Biofuel-Powered "Concept Ice Vehicle" for Antarctica Expedition
Below is a pic of what the specially designed Science Support Vehicles will look like. They are more conventional, but still, a lot of innovation went into them. "The original SSV was adapted by a team of engineers in Iceland, who dedicated 2,000 man hours to creating the perfect ice-busting expedition vehicle."
They use a low emission, turbo-charged, fuel-injected, 7.3 litre, V8 (bio)diesel and will be equipped with solar panels to provide extra power. Unfortunately, Antarctica is much too cold for current battery technology, and this makes electric cars unpractical (not to mention the lack of charging stations).
Andrew Regan: â€œIf you can run bio-fuels successfully in the most harsh and extreme environment in the world, then there is no reason why you canâ€™t use them to get to the supermarket!â€
It is not clear yet what types of biofuels they will use, but from what they write on their website, they seem aware of the potential problems with certain types of feedstocks, so we hope they'll pick something truly sustainable.
Moon-Regan Expedition Itinerary
"The Moon-Regan Trans Antarctic Expedition will endeavour to cross the continent of Antarctica from the west coast to the South Pole, then heading north through the Trans-Antarctic Mountain Range to the coast at McMurdo. The explorers will be covering distance of around 3,000 miles."
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