A team of 27 students from Manipal Institute of Technology , India has built a futuristic automobile, which runs solely on solar power.
The car, named SERVe – Solar Electric Road Vehicle, is a joint project of Manipal University, and Tata Power Solar, India’s largest solar company.
The latter is part of the same parent company that now owns Jaguar Land Rover and other transportation businesses, manufactured the car’s custom-fit solar panels.
The team began working on the project in 2012 with Manipal University as their workspace. “Cars are our passion and we wanted to make a model that is conducive to a green and sustainable environment. Everything is done by us right from cutting to welding,” said Jeet Bannerjee, Team Manager.
Weighing 590 kg, the car hit the maximum speed of 60 kmph. The battery energy storage is 6.5kWh and can sustain up to 150 km when fully charged. The body is Glass Fibre Reinforced Plastic and the suspension has been tested for Indian roads. “The team started everything from the scratch. The students, all from different disciplines, have made practical use of their classroom learning,” said Dr P. Giridhar Kini, Associate Director, Manipal University.