The range of “Börü”, the latest of the electric cars produced by the OKU IARES Electro Mobile team, which was established at Osmaniye Korkut Ata University (OKU) 4 years ago, has been increased to a level that can travel 120 kilometers on a single charge.
OKU IARES Electro Mobile team, which was founded 4 years ago with the participation of 7 students and 4 lecturers at the university, succeeded in making the electric car called “Hunter”, which is the first work in 2018 and considered the ancestor of “Börü”, in a way that it can travel 60 kilometers on a single charge of 8 hours. A year later, the team succeeded in driving the “Hunter”‘s top model “Ekarte” with hydrogen and electric hybrid engines.
Reviving “Ekarte”, which had an unfortunate accident during the trial period, in 2020, the OKU IARES Electro Mobile team improved the range of the electric car to go 100 kilometers on a single charge. This year, the “Börü” TEKNOFEST International Efficiency Challenge, produced by the team in 2 monthsElectric Vehicle It was among the teams that managed to reach a range of 120 kilometers with a single charge of 7 hours and finish the race.
The promising developments in the performance, range and charging time of OKU’s electric vehicles, which regularly participate in the competitions and activities of Teknofest and the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) every year since 2018, have also enlarged the students’ goals.
OKU IARES Electro Mobile team has rolled up its sleeves to make an electric car with more domestic parts, less charging time and longer range next year.
The team captain, Engineering Faculty graduate student İsa Şahin, stated to the AA correspondent that they have completed their 4th year as a team this season and that they have participated in competitions with different cars in that time:
“While participating in the races every season, we try to increase the domestic products meticulously in the vehicle we manufacture. We have been manufacturing our own engine since the first season. However, we have to use other parts ready-made. We tried to keep the passenger car at the forefront in ‘Börü’, which we participated in this year’s races. We wanted it to be a bigger, more rideable and trafficable vehicle compared to the vehicles of other universities. That’s why we especially tried to use auto parts.”
Stating that they prefer to make a concept that can carry passengers and cargo in daily life, besides producing an electric car while producing vehicles, Şahin said, “For example, we built our vehicle called Ekarte in the style of a pickup truck. In our trials, it was able to carry 2 passengers and a load of up to 200 kilograms. In fact. “We transported a friend’s household items with this vehicle. Our aim is not only to produce an electric vehicle and get a degree in races, but also to produce a vehicle that can be used in daily life and all parts are domestically produced.” used the phrases.
‘We took 18 laps and consumed a value far below our expectations’
Noting that the weight of the vehicles is the biggest problem they experience, Şahin said:
“Our aim is to produce a vehicle that can also be used in traffic. This causes the ‘Börü’ to be heavier than other vehicles. But we tried not to reflect this on efficiency. For this reason, we used a mechanical differential and gearbox. This year, we outperformed our expectations in terms of efficiency. We took 18 laps and consumed a value well below our expectations. In the domestic parts sections for the races to be held next year, at least 1 local ‘at least 1 domestic’ on parts other than the engine, battery management, battery packaging We wish to be able to say, ‘We produced and put the piece’.”
Reminding that automobile technology is moving towards autonomous driving, Şahin said, “At the beginning of the season, we had a plan to add an add-on to our vehicle in this regard. We were thinking of adding ‘voice command’. However, we could not do this due to the epidemic. Next year, we are planning to add a system that can detect both this and the environment. Our aim not only to compete, but to demonstrate our manufacturing power and gain experience and turn it into production and a useful product.” used the phrases.
OKU Rector Prof. Dr. Turgay Uzun noted that they participated in the TEKFONEST races with the “Börü” they produced this year and that they returned with significant success and experience.
Stating that the engine of the vehicle they produce is completely domestic production, Uzun said, “Our aim is to make all parts of the vehicle domestic, including its engine, electrical parts and bodywork. In the first stage, we produced our engine locally and we achieved a significant success in this category. We successfully completed the track. Next year, our domestic rate. We will take it to even higher levels.” used the phrases.