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Wednesday, 04 November 2015 17:03

63-year-old designs solar-powered car to tour India

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04/11/2015

He may be 63, an age when many choose to hang up their boots and rest on their past laurels. But what makes Syed Sajjad Ahmed different from the rest of his ilk is his passion for innovation and grit to make social change. A school dropout, he has designed a solar-powered vehicle and is all set to embark on a journey to Delhi to spread the message of a pollution-free India.

From Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru and Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi, Syed Sajjad Ahmed, a native of Kolar who had migrated to Bengaluru 15 years ago, has plans to cover 1,740 kilometres.

The campaign was flagged off on Sunday. Syed started selling fruits to eke out a living 20 years ago, and gradually built a shop where he repaired radio and televisions. Soon he took to making television antenna and in 2002, he designed a two wheeler. Syed's experiments did not stop there; he designed a solar-powered car in 2004.

"The solar car has been my chariot to Chennai, Kochi and Kanyakumari. Now, it will run up to 100 km every day. The Delhi trip will be a tribute to my hero Dr APJ Abdul Kalam who had inspired me to make my dream a reality," said Syed.

He would drive through Hindupur, Ananthpur, Kurnool, Mahaboobnagar, Hyderabad, Bhopal, Itarsi, Jhansi and Agra and reach Delhi to take part in the India International Science Fair in the first week of December.

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