Today the first concept car designed and built by graduate students at Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) is being unveiled on Greenville’s Main Street.
The range-extended electric car, dubbed “Deep Orange,” is powered by lithium polymer batteries that can be recharged either from a 110-volt wall socket, or by a two-cylinder onboard gasoline engine. With an all-electric range of 20 miles and overall range of 400 miles, Deep Orange can reach top speeds of 100 mph and acceleration from zero to 60 mph in 10 seconds.
Paul Venhovens, the BMW Endowed Chair in Automotive Systems Integration, who leads the Deep Orange project, says the experience makes CU-ICAR students more attractive to the automotive industry.
The unveiling immediately follows an 11:45 am news conference, and is on public display as part of “Motorsports on Main,” a kick-off event for the Petit Le Mans race week at Road Atlanta.