Friday, 24. May 2013 - 22:05
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Fed up motorist Zhu Zhenlin has managed to beat the soaring petrol prices by creating his own home-made solar powered car.
The 19-year-old engineering student from Ningbo, in east China’s Zhejiang province, spent just 1500 knocking his solar powered car together using mostly old parts from a local scrapyard.
He said: "I had to work out how to keep the weight down low so I took of anything that wasn't really necessary like some of the panels at the side – it weighs just 400 kilos. I didn't feel I needed the regular panels anyway because I've replaced them with a total of 22 solar panels.
"The car is quite short – 3.2 metres – which means it's easy to park in the city and although I've kept down to bare necessities it still has everything a regular car has."
He said the car only needed four hours to be completely recharged if it was parked in full sunshine – and on a cloudy day he plugs into the electricity at home just like a regular electric bike.
He added: "once fully charged it will go around about 50 miles powered by the six factories are fitted inside. It's not enormously fast – I can get 30 miles an hour out of it but not much more."
The student said everything in the car built by himself up scrap parts with the exception of the dynamo, the batteries and the measuring metres which had been done by a local factory.
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