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Build Your Own Solar-Powered Vehicle For Less Than $600

Build Your Own Solar-Powered Vehicle For Less Than $600

 

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.

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11:23PM PST on Feb 28, 2013

Hello Mr. Khan.
I was wondering if you car goes up hill too? I mean it looks like you were going down hill all the way.

9:09PM PDT on Oct 11, 2012

Way to go.

9:03PM PDT on Oct 11, 2012

That guy JUst becaME mY new herO

10:20PM PDT on Sep 25, 2011

wow!!!

4:04AM PDT on Sep 12, 2011

good read

9:27PM PDT on Aug 22, 2011

Bravo Farrukh! Hooray Solaron! Let's build more solar-powered vehicles!

11:38PM PDT on Aug 13, 2011

*Finally decided to signup for this site*
Hi everyone!

Wow... well i'm surprised to see so many people are giving positive feedback to my project. Its really very interesting when you make something and people appreciate your hard work. Ofcourse you have face some offenses. But the best part is that you learn a lot from them! Thanks all.... Hopefully i will be doing more interesting projects like this in future. You can find me on facebook or msg. me here on care2 and give me ideas...

Regards
Farrukh Khan

7:54PM PDT on Aug 12, 2011

Cool :)

2:38PM PDT on Aug 12, 2011

Patent them? O Come on the Germans have been selling electrically powered bicycle for years
There is eve one in my tiny bush town of 6,000 population, been here for years, half the geriatrics are on electric mobility scooters. The only innovative, and not so new, addition is the solar cells.

1:16PM PDT on Aug 12, 2011

Jean said "Oh Larry H. you could win negativity awards. I guess things need to change where you live, including people with attitudes like yours. Where I live you can ride a scooter that goes a lot faster than 20mph with out registering it. Lots of people here have those electric scooters. Oh and your math is interesting....somehow magically a 600.00 little vehicle becomes a 35,000 piece of junk? Might want to try explaining that one. Hmmm...perhaps you work for an oil company?"

No Jean, I don't work for an oil company. Here in my state (Massachusetts), they haven't even addressed electric scooters, bikes, etc. for licensing or anything. As seen in the picture, the vehicle would be classified as a 3 wheeled motorcycle here. Means having to get a motorcycle license to drive it (special course, testing, etc. COST). I agree, some places have adopted electric vehicles but not here, at least for anything other than cars. As for a $600 vehicle becoming one that would cost $35000. Our grand and glorious government would have to mandate safety standards for it, you know bumper height, types of lights, horn and who knows what else they could think up. Oh yeah, it would have to make noise since electric vehicles are too quiet and may startle pedistrians! By the time the NHTSA, EPA (has to be environmentally friendly batteries), and whatever other government agency that could get their foot in the door, the price would be more than the average unemployed/underemployed person could af

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