Oyeyiola started with a Volkswagen Beetle and converted it into a totally renewable off-road vehicle.
8,000 miles faraway from Tesla’s Palo Alto headquarters, Segun Oyeyiola has managed to form a renewable car of his own on a smaller scale.
The engineering senior at Nigeria’s Obagemi Awolowo University spent a year retrofitting a Volkswagen Beetle into a wind and solar-powered car.
Friends and family donated free scrap parts for the project, and everything else cost under $6,000.
Talking about his motivation for the project, in an email to Co.Exist he writes:
Not only did Oyeyiola install an enormous solar array to the highest of the Beetle, but he also inserted a turbine under the hood. As Preston explains, that permits air to flow into the grill while the car is moving, subsequently turning the turbine’s rotors and charging the battery at the rear of the car. Oyeyiola also built a robust suspension to affect the load of the battery.
The battery takes 4-5 hours to charge, but Oyeyiola says he’s performing on that. the most important challenges, he says, came from finding the simplest materials to use, and ignoring the people telling him he was wasting his time.
They don’t appear to be stopping Oyeyiola, who wants to make solar and wind-powered cars that cash in of hot, sunny Nigerian weather. When asked what he’s getting to after his last finals, his answer is to “Keep improving thereon , until it becomes Nigeria’s future car.”