A… 26 kg Orca in Thessaloniki: The electric vehicle – “revolution” in TIF – Watch video

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“Orca” catches the eyes of visitors to the stand of the University of Western Attica at the 86th TIF, since the students – members of the team that created it, are present to give all the information about their project.

It’s called Orca, but it’s a model car created by the student team of the University of Western Attica (PADA). The only connection to the famous whale is that it was the inspiration to give the vehicle a similar shape. After all, the famous whale weighs several tons, while this electric one weighs less than 30 kg.

“Orca” catches the eyes of visitors to the stand of the University of Western Attica at the 86th TIF, since the students – members of the team that created it, are present to give all the information about their project.

“The vehicle is all made of carbon fiber. It weighs only 26 kg, it has a very low drag coefficient, which means that at its maximum speed, which is about 30 km/h, it has very little air resistance and this helps us to travel a greater distance without consuming energy,” he said at the Athenian/Macedonian News Agency, the project manager Giorgos Perifanos.

For this specific performance, Orca received numerous distinctions and international awards. “We participate every year in the Shell-Eco Marathon competition where in 2017 we won the first place in Eastern Europe, while the following year in the Prototype Battery Electric category in the consumption economy ranking we won the 8th place in Europe and Africa, with a performance of 420 kilometers per kilowatt hour “, added marketing manager Stratos Pappas.

The cars are designed, built and optimized by the students within the Institute, using the CAD model from computer simulations to real complex 3D surfaces, through a complex manufacturing process to create a state-of-the-art chassis.

“The specific effort of the students is excellent and emblematic, not only for their creation, but also for the cooperation between them, since students from various specialties can join forces to give the desired result”, said the dean of PADA Panagiotis Kaldis, who declared that he was proud that young children choose for their studies at this particular university, which, as he underlined, is the first “green” university.

“PADA has only three years of existence as a university, as it originates from three educational and research institutions in the area of ​​Attica, which provided thousands of graduates and contributed catalytically to the development of the country and internationally. We have twenty-seven departments and faculties and cover all modern specialties. We don’t have medicine and law, but we have a strong background in paramedical professions and welfare and health sciences. We put a lot of emphasis on technological equipment as well as having state-of-the-art conditions and laboratories”, noted Mr. Kaldis.

He also pointed out that the biggest investment is people, which is why there is a special interest in the well-being of students. “Within this logic, we completed the modernization of all the gyms, we are moving forward with new volleyball, beach volleyball and basketball courts and other sports. We think our ecosystem is extremely attractive and there is a lot of green.” In fact, the rector emphasized that he welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcements from the floor of the 86th TIF about the 1,100 new student residences that are being prepared near the institution and will provide a solution for people who cannot respond financially.

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