Nigerian College Student Builds a $6000 Wind and Solar Powered Car [Pictures]

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:

I wanted to reduce carbon dioxide emission[s] going to our atmosphere that lead to climate change or global warming which has become a new reality, with deleterious effect: seasonal cycles are disrupted, as are ecosystems; and agriculture, water needs and supply, and food production are all adversely affected. Therefore, I came up of building a car that will use both winds and solar energy for its movement,” he continued. “This was my personal project because of the problem I’m planning to solve. Dr John Preston, chair of McMaster University’s engineering physics department and faculty advisor to the school’s solar car team, says he’s never seen anything like Oyeyiola’s contraption, which also comes with a GPS app that monitors car health. “If you could find a way to use both wind and solar in the same vehicle, that would be a marvelous thing,” he said. “Using wind and solar means you wouldn’t have to drive just during daylight hours. If he has figured a way to do it, that would be quite remarkable.”

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.”
Via: intelligentliving