Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Polestar 2, a Swedish electric car, crosses the Nullarbor on chip fat.

Polestar 2, a Swedish electric car, crosses the Nullarbor using chip fat as fuel.

A new fast-charging system powered by vegetable oil has helped a Swedish electric car company conquer Australia’s Nullarbor.

After charging at the Caiguna Roadhouse, 370 kilometers east of Norseman in Western Australia and 370 kilometers west of the South Australian border, the all-electric Polestar 2 crossed the plain.

The Biofil chargers generate electricity from waste vegetable oil, which is essentially chip fat from the roadhouse.

The system, created by retired engineer Jon Edwards, fills a charging gap that previously prevented electric vehicles from crossing the Nullarbor and completing a lap of Australia.

The cost of installing a solar-powered EV fast charger in the same location, according to Mr Edwards, would be five times higher.

‘Solar energy would not have been economically feasible for such a low-traffic location, making Biofil the environmentally friendly interim solution for EVs driving across the Nullarbor at this time,’ he said.

The system is also considered environmentally friendly, as the amount of carbon dioxide released in the production of electricity is equal to the amount absorbed by the oil-producing seed crops.

Samantha Johnson, managing director of Polestar Australia, praised the visionary ingenuity that transformed a waste product into a carbon-neutral charging solution.

In 2017, Volvo Cars and Geely Holding teamed up to form the company.

In February, the Polestar 2 sedan will be available for purchase in Australia.

Polestar 2 becomes the first electric car to conquer the Nullarbor in Australia Biofil charging system was powered by waste vegetable oil from a roadhouseHailed for turning waste product into a carbon dioxide-neutral charging solution


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