In 2003, staff and students at the University of South Australia embarked on a project to design, build and demonstrate an efficient commuter vehicle that could be powered from renewable energy sources. The result was Trev—the Two-seater Renewable Energy Vehicle.
The prototype car had several key features:
- it was light—about 300 kg
- it was simple
- it was easy to build
- it had a clean, quiet electric drive system.
The aim of TREVipedia is to facilitate the collaborative design of new versions of Trev that can be built by enthusiasts. The new designs will build on the experience gained with the UniSA prototype. The ultimate goal is to develop a "kit car" with a certified design and standard components.
TREVipedia was launched in July 2009. Initially, it contained only notes on the UniSA prototype car. TREVipedia will become more useful as users contribute design ideas, detailed designs, and practical information that will help enthusiasts build their own Trevs.
In February 2011, hundreds of bogus users and spam pages were manually removed from Trevipedia, and over 10000 spam attempts from the same bogus users were blocked. We have installed software to automatically block some of the automated spam. We also require you to answer a simple question about Trev when creating a new account or posting a link. If you are unable to create an account or edit a page, contact Peter Pudney.
2012-01-09: Team Trev has repaired the suspension and Trev is back on the road.
2011-07-24: AEVA talk on lessons learnt.
2011-07-09: Trev gets a mention in the July-August 2011 Restored Cars magazine, issue 207 page 13.
2011-07-08: Trev is finally back at UniSA. Next week we will give it a 30000 km service, and report on its condition.
2011-02-25: Team Trev has completed their around-the-world journey.
2010-01-06: Local solar powered car in world race - http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/01/06/2786667.htm