Lahore Engineering and Technology engineer creates solar power vehicle ‘Solaron’
Lahore, August 02, 2011 (PPI): The new promising prototype vehicle, called Solaron, created in Pakistan is propelled by solar power. A reverse-strike style model, the single-seat device features two wheels in front, and one in the back for stabilization, a report on Greenlaunches blog said Tuesday.
Farrukh Khan created Solaron at the University of Engineering and Technology Lahore, and was kind enough to post step-by-step instructions for how to make a DIY version of the electric vehicle on the Instructables website. Farrukh Khan says the entire project cost less than $600.
Made with parts from a bicycle and a custom built aluminium chassis, the three-wheel vehicle has a photovoltaic canopy, which doubles as a power provider and a nice way to shade the rider on the stripped-down device. Propelled by a 12-volt battery and a 24-volt motor, Solaron has a top speed just under 20 mph, so the vehicle isn’t exactly street friendly in most cases, but could certainly keep up with congested urban traffic.
Approximately 7 feet long, 3.5 feet wide and 4.5 feet tall, the only issue is that the solar vehicle might be positioned too low to the ground, the report said.