Two compact size solar powered cars have been designed by the students of the Orissa Engineering College for use in airports, railways, malls and zoo for in-house activities. Coming just on the heels of the “water run bike “ developed by the young Shakti Mishra, the innovations by young students go on to suggest the growing might of Odisha in research and Development activities.
The solar powered cars have been designed, fabricated and assembled by the Mechanical Engineering Department of Orissa Engineering College, Bhubaneswar and were inaugurated by principal of the college Prof. (Dr.) T. C. Panda
The Solar cars developed by the 3rd and 4th semester students under the guidance of senior faculties of the college cost around Rs 70,000.. The solar cars were constructed using in-house facilities of the Department Workshop of the college. The manufacturing costs of these cars were borne completely by the college authorities.
The cars score highly when compared to other cars that run on petrol or diesel. The cars are eco-friendly, compact and offer smart solution for in-house facilities. The students and the college authorities claim that the extensive use of the cars will go a long way in checking environmental pollution !
Encouraged by the success, Prof. Pankaj Charan Jena, the man behind the project says that the college would take a step further and develop solar vehicles for its versatile use of the technology in water locomotives and other fields.