Why is this expedition being undertaken?
The South Pole boasts the most remote, unforgiving conditions on the planet, and offers an ideal scenario to see what Airworks Compressors Corp’s technology is truly capable of. The expedition will occupy a chapter in Canada’s history, not only as the first hybrid vehicle attempt to reach the South Pole, but also, as the first Canadian-led driving expedition and single vehicle attempt to do the same.
Will you be documenting your expedition?
The X90X crew will be sharing our journey both leading up to and during the expedition. Follow our adventure on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
When does the expedition launch?
The Rockhopper and X90X crew will depart Chile, destined for Antarctica, on November 2018
When will the expedition return?
The expedition will return to Chile on December 2018 from Union Glacier.
Who is funding the expedition?
The expedition is funded and supported by Airworks Compressors Corp.
Who is going on the expedition?
Each member of the crew contributes a unique skillset to support the vehicle and make the expedition a success.
What is unique about the Rockhopper’s technology?
Hybrid technology has a reputation of being inflexible in extreme conditions: X90X is determined to showcase its performance in even the toughest environments. The X90X expedition will subject the Rockhopper, a customized 2008 Navistar MXT truck with a diesel/electric hybrid engine, to conditions used by NASA to simulate the harsh environment of Mars. Any technology proven in the most extreme conditions on earth could make short work of any other challenging environment.
What are the benefits of hybrid technology?
As governments around the world continue to implement stricter emissions controls, the technology used by the expedition will reduce operating and compliance costs by using less fuel and producing fewer emissions. From buses to heavy-duty trucks, this technology has a variety of applications that could support Canada’s transition to a lower-carbon future.
Where was the Rockhopper built?
Who built the Rockhopper?
Darryl Weflen, crew leader and lead mechanic of the X90X expedition, and owner of Airworks Compressors Corp.
How long did it take to build the Rockhopper?
The Rockhopper was built over a period of 12 months.
What will you do with the Rockhopper after this expedition?
The Rockhopper will be available for public appearances upon its return to Canada.
Is the technology commercially available?
The hybrid technology utilized in the Rockhopper will be commercially available in the third quarter of 2018.
Who can I speak to for media requests or for more information?