Solar Prototype Vehicle Has Potential

A promising DIY prototype out of Pakistan recently caught our eye on the Greenlaunches blog. The new vehicle, called Solaron, is propelled by, you guessed it, solar power. A reverse-trike style model, the single-seat device features two wheels in front, and one in the back for stabilization.

Farrukh Khan created Solaron at the University of Engineering and Technology Lahore, in Pakistan south of Kashmir near the Indian border, and was kind enough to post step-by-step instructions for how to make a DIY version of the electric vehicle on the Instructables website. Khan says the entire project cost less than $600.

Solaron, Solar Power, Electric Vehicle, Pakistan

image via Farrukh Khan

Made with parts from a bicycle and a custom built aluminum chassis, the three-wheel vehicle has a photovoltaic canopy, as you can see in the photo above, which doubles as a power provider and a nice way to shade the rider on the stripped-down device.

Propelled by a 12-volt battery and a 24-volt motor, the Solaron has a top speed just under 20 mph, so the vehicle isn’t exactly street friendly in most cases, but could certainly keep up with congested urban traffic. Approximately 7 feet long, 3.5 feet wide and 4.5 feet tall, the only issue we see in the video below is that the solar vehicle might be positioned too low to the ground.

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    • Charles Hammond

      This reminds me of a design from Canada. Instead of the heavy canapy and rigid and heavy solar panel they use film type solar cells or strips in a 2 ply clear cover that went from the bottom in front overhead and down behind the back. The seat was like a 2 wheeled scooter frame wide enough for a battery. But the wheels and 2 wheel front design were from light weight scooter wheels and parts.