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The product of an environmentally friendly project for Palestinian engineering students, the car is equipped with bunch of solar panels. Solarcar was built by three engineering students at Palestine Polytechnic University in the West Bank town of Hebron.


The three engineering students the Palestine Polytechnic University made the 3.7-by-1.7-meter vehicle as a graduation project and spent three months designing and assembling the car, with access to limited funds and scarce resources.The car, which took several months to design, is equipped with a 2bhp electric engine fed by a battery that stores energy harnessed by roof-mounted reflective solar panels.


The vehicle uses 12 batteries, totaling 24 volts, which power the car for three to five hours. Running at its maximum speed of 30 kilometers per hour, the batteries power the car for 100 minutes. The batteries are rechargeable, so electricity home can be used in the winter.


Although the region is blessed with abundant sunshine, the car battery can also be charged using mains electricity on cloudy days. The three students responsible for the car were part of a project developing renewable energy sources to replace the diesel, petrol or donkey power more often employed in the area.


"We have almost no industry, so nearly all our pollution is vehicles," says Dr. Salhab (Director of mechanical eng.)


He hopes that the project will attract funding to enable another stage in development, so that the car could potentially be put to use across the West Bank. It cost around $4,000 [£2,600] to build, but we would need double that to build a real car that will perform better, go faster, for longer and be able to drive in all conditions. (Source / Collage : Internet )



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