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Torrential tropical rains, political instability and epic shock-absorber-snapping potholes. Those are just a few of the obstacles that lay in the path of the Racing Green Endurance (RGE) crew as they battled to drive their unique Radical SRZero (SR0) the 16,000 mile length of the Pan American Highway. And after 140 days, including 70 days of actual driving, they have successfully completed the Alaska-to-Argentina expedition, becoming the first to do so with a battery-powered vehicle. After takin

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British racecar builder Radical Sportscars recently produced its 1,000th production racer and, at about the same time, showed off a new prototype it is calling the SRZero. The SRZero was prepared by team from Imperial College London starting from a Radical SR8 chassis. The team has installed 56 kilowatt-hours worth of lithium ion batteries and a pair 200 horsepower electric motors driving the rear wheels. We first heard about the car last November.

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Battery bodywork prototype material – Click above to watch video after the jump

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How fast can a battery-powered car travel the entire 16,000+ mile length of the Pan-American highway? We don't really know but it looks like we're going to find out. The Racing Green Endurance team, hailing from Imperial College London, are putting together an all-electric version of the Radical SR8 (now an SR0) to demonstrate to the world the possibilities of this powertrain. What better backdrop for such a spectacle than the world's longest highway? Ok, there is that Zero Emission Race around

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Imperial College London has picked up $8.4 million in funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to work on cost effective means of generating hydrogen from solar power. The school will be investigating both biological and chemical process that are driven by energy from the sun over the next five years. One of the keys to making hydrogen a truly environmentally friendly energy source is to power the generation without using existing fuel sources like nuclear or c

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The engineering and business schools at Imperial College London in England are cooperating a program called EnVision 2010, that brings together students from two groups to help train them better for the world they will enter after school. Their biggest project within this is called Imperial Hybrid Racing, in which they will design, build, and race a hybrid electric fuel cell race car. That part of the program sounds much like the student design competitions run by the Society of Automotive Engin

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