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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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12:21AM PDT on Apr 16, 2015

This short article posted only at the web site is truly good. auto insurance rates by zip code

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.

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