Help design a car

Posted on July 27th, 2009 in Opinion by Julian Edgar

From Peter Pudney, supervisor of the development of Trev:

At some time during the past couple of years you have been one of the hundreds of people who has contacted me about Trev, the small green electric car designed and built at the University of South Australia (and as seen on TV, ABC Austraia’s The New Inventors). You probably

A) to buy one
B) to build one
C) to help design the next version
D) to get more information
E) to go on a mailing list
F) some or all of the above, or something else entirely.

If it was A, I am afraid I still can’t help you. But for everyone else, I am pleased to announce:


I have been intending for some time to put together a web site that will help coordinate the efforts of people wanting to help develop Trev further. About a month ago I was contacted by Matt Green, who wanted to help (and to build a Trev). Matt has organised a web site and set up the wiki, and between us we have started writing TREVipedia. The aim of TREVipedia is to coordinate and document the development by enthusiasts of the next version of Trev. Ultimately, we hope the TREVipedia community will develop a certified “kit car” design with standard parts, and provide information that will help people build their own.

There is not much on TREVipedia yet. We have included some information about the UniSA prototype car, some of the lessons learned, some basic CAD models, and some ideas for future versions. I will continue to add information, but we need the community to contribute by asking questions, answering questions, contributing ideas, designing, and helping organise the community and the wiki.

Take a look at TREVipedia. If you are interested in contributing, create a login name for yourself and and start editing pages (there is an edit tab at the top of each page). If you have questions, ask them on one of the discussion pages. If you see an error on one of the pages, or have useful information to contribute, edit the page. Don’t forget to save your changes. If you make a mistake, it is easy to undo (or someone else will fix it).

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