Southern Cross Uni Kombi Project Inspires STEM Teaching Resource for Schools
Getting young people interested in and excited by the technologies that are transforming the automotive industry is important for the sector’s future in Australia, and Southern Cross University (SCU), which has campuses in Queensland and NSW, has unveiled a pretty cool project that looks set to meet that challenge – a 1970s VW Kombi converted to a pure electric vehicle.
And the 18-month project, jointly funded by the NSW Government, has seen the development of a cutting-edge teaching resource for schools around the country.
The classic Kombi is fully roadworthy and has been converted to be powered by an 88kW AC SRIPM electric motor and 53kWh water-cooled lithium battery pack (10 x 5.3kWh batteries).
It has electric pump-boosted disc brakes with additional motor braking for regenerative braking, a speed-variable custom electric power steering system, a 4-speed gearbox, and a web-connected display with android operating system and OBD connection to motor and battery information.
Cruising speed for the Kombi is 110km/h, and it has an optimum highway range of 200km, and an optimum urban range of more than 250km.
SCU says the Kombi project enabled students to get involved at the cutting-edge of technology and engineering systems, and it had worked in partnership with the STEM
Industry Schools Partnerships (SISP) program, an initiative of the NSW Department of Education’s Educational Standards Directorate, to create Kombi-related digital resources for schools across the country.
The series of digital resources include those on renewable energy, the difference between diesel and electric engines, as well as what engineers do and the variety of careers available in engineering, and the SCU Electric Kombi Conversion Curriculum Package is now available for download by teachers and educators.
VIDEO: THE SOUTHERN CROSS UNIVERSITY ELECTRIC KOMBI
1 October 2021