Inspired by HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco Exploration, after he visited Antarctica in 2009, the very first EV’s (Electric Vehicles) it’s currently in service at Belgium’s Princess Elisabeth Antarctica Station (WAP BEL-Ø2). The Prince, wanted to develop a machine that could operate on the Icy Continent without affecting the ecosystem.
Measuring 3400cm long and 2180cm high, the “Antarctica EV” weighs 2.5 tons and can carry up to six people plus equipment. There’s room for two in the front cabin, with an adaptable rear section that features four folding seats.
In operation at the Princess Elisabeth Research Station since December 10, Venturi’s electric tracked vehicle provides an environmentally responsible means of transport for the staff at the zero-emission Belgian base.
Read more at: Behind the scenes of the Venturi Antarctica, the first electric polar exploration vehicle (monaco-tribune.com)
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TNX Eddy De Busschere @ Belgian Polar Expedition Society (BPES)