A student at the University of Engineering and Technology Lahore in Pakistan recently designed, built and drove a solar-powered vehicle in 18 days…and he wants you to do the same.
Farrukh Khan’s Solaron three-wheeler was built with parts of an old bike and a 40 watt photovoltaic canopy that charges the onboard 12v/80Ah dry cell solar battery. All in all, the materials cost Khan less than $600: a much friendlier price tag than most alternative-fuel vehicles on the market today.
Khan claims that the Solaron can achieve a top speed of around 20 mph (30 kph) and travel a little over 43 miles (70 km) on a single charge.
And the best part? The young inventor has posted detailed instructions for building the trike online at the popular Instructables website–making it possible for solar enthusiasts around the world to improve upon the design.
Image Credit: Farrukh Khan