Sajjad Ahmed, a school dropout from Bangalore designed a non-polluting solar-powered car to help battle the rising pollution levels in Delhi. Ahmed calls it ‘Surya Jyoti’; his vehicle has already completed a 3,000 km test run from Bangalore to New Delhi.
India’s science ministry has decided to take his idea forward and build a prototype.
Ahmed says that the cost of running the car is just Rs 1 a kilometer. He built the car using different scrap parts, at a cost of Rs. 1.2 lakh. It uses five solar panels to charge a regular lead-acid battery, and can run up to 40 km on full charge, with a top speed of 30 Kmph.
India’s science minister, Dr Harsh Vardhan, who took a ride in the car said: “This innovation has huge potential to become a user-friendly public movement. Not only for India but for the world now that we are in a Solar Alliance globally…We want to take it forward in such a way that we come out with a very friendly car for people.”
The car weighs about 450 kilograms and can ferry two passengers. Ahmed plans to travel to Haridwar and then to Rameshwaram to pay his homage to his role model, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. He would cover over 6000 kms, once he completes the journey.