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Solar car developed by Manipal University’s students bags first prize

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A solar car developed by the students of Manipal University’s Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) has been awarded first prize at the ‘QuEST Ingenium 2015’ in Bengaluru.

A press release from the university said here on Wednesday that ‘Team SolarMobil’ of the institute developed a two-seater passenger vehicle called ‘SERve – Solar Electric Road Vehicle’ with provision for two additional seats.

This event was organised by QuEST Global and co-sponsored by Airbus, Qatar Airways, Aequs and ANSYS.

The cash prize amounted to Rs. 1 lakh and three members have been assured a visit to Airbus in Germany.

The car took almost two years to complete and cost about Rs. 15 lakh. Twenty-seven students drawn from different disciplines built the car, which weighs 590 kg, with a maximum speed of 60 kmph.

The battery storage is 6.5kWh and sustains up to 100 km when fully charged, and solar panels that can generate 1KW energy. The body is glass fibre reinforced plastic (GFRP) and the suspension has been tested for the Indian roads.

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  • News Section: Technology
  • Month: September
  • Year: 2015
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