Antarctica-Bound Hybrid-Electric Hummers Visit Pier 9
Drive Around the World, a nonprofit founded in the Bay Area, revealed its latest innovation, a pair of hybrid-electric Polar Traverse Vehicles, also known as the Zero South PTVs. These two unique vehicles are bound for a history-making expedition across Antarctica and they came to Pier 9 today to talk about it.
These revolutionary vehicles, designed using Autodesk tools, have undergone an extensive transformation from gas guzzling Hummers to open source, environmentally conscious biofuel hybrid-electric vehicles outfitted with ice tracks and capable of standing up to the Earth’s harshest environments. Vehicle designers and leading NASA scientists discussed the expedition's logistics and the latest in climate discoveries.
From the Zero South team:
There is intentional irony in repurposing the Hummer H1, which many view as a contemporary symbol of gross consumer waste and inefficiency. Others view it as a remarkable multipurpose machine capable of extreme on and off-road performance. But no matter which way the audience is ³polarized² by the vehicle, this adventure will appeal to everyone.
Zero South Electrical Engineer Brock Winberg