Students Create Zero Carbon Emission Solar Car

COMM: A team of engineers in India believe solar power is the future of car design. 00:15
DHIRAJ: The solar car is very special because, one, it runs on zero carbon emission, so there
is no pollution while you’re running this car. At the same time the kind of fuel we
need is sun, so it is abundant and free of cost. 00:28
COMM: Avenir, which means future in French, is fully solar powered, and can create more
energy than it needs, allowing it to travel impressive distances, even without direct
sunlight. 00:40
DHIRAJ: We have lithium ion phosphate batteries that make the car run as the power bank. And
the car is driven with BLDC hard motors. Even in the absence of sun the car can go for 150km,
that gives it a very decent range and up to a speed of 85km per hour. 00:55
COMM: The impressive speed and range, are aided by the lightweight aluminium and carbon
fibre construction, with the car weighing a mere 210kg. 01:04
COMM: Dhiraj and his team have been working on other bigger solar vehicles. 01:08
DHIRAJ: Our 2012 model was flagged off by the president of India, it was India’s first
passenger solar car. We’ve made another car after that that’s a five seater car that goes
to 120km/h, has an extended battery life of 120km, which again is a zero carbon emission,
zero carbon footprint vehicle. 01:25
COMM: And business minded Dhiraj and his team have their hearts set on making commercially
available solar cars a reality in India. 01:33
DHIRAJ: When we started working on the first day the main goal was to make a commercial
note someday, and we’ve been working on it for quite a long time now. Hopefully in a
coupe of years and with a complete test and R and D of the first prototype we’ll come
up with the commercial units, and that’ll come out to be close to 15,000 US Dollars. 01:54
COMM: When the first Indian solar car will be commercially available then definitely
I look forward to drive it every day.

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