A PRACTICING homoeopathy doctor with engineering skills came to Indore today from Badwani in a self-designed solar car. It took three years of industrious labour to execute the plan, which is based on an idea conceived nearly five years back. His dream became a reality six months back, and he came to the City to show his car to an RSS leader.
Talking to Hindustan Times, 52-year-old Lakhanlal Kumawat said that it takes nine hours for the solar panel to get fully charged. Thereafter, the car can run unhindered for 70-km attaining a maximum speed of 50-km per hour.
A two-wheeler mechanic Rashid Ahmed and welder Shakeel assisted Kumawat in putting the car together, he said. The car is 84 inches in length, 42 inches in width and 56 inches in height. Three persons can sit in this four-geared car.
The homoeopathy doctor said that he had come to the City to get financial support for his dream project. He revealed that he had not done any paper work prior to executing his plan. He received the cooperation of his younger son Satish in putting the car together.
He applied for a patent to manufacture his solar car on April 7, 2006. Presently, he is working on a 3-kv solar generator. He said that a solar panel has to be replaced every 15 years.
When asked about the car’s manufacturing cost, he said that he had spent Rs 2 lakh on it. If it were manufactured on a large-scale, it would reduce to Rs 1 lakh, he added.
About his plans of making the car commercially viable, Kumawat said that financial crunch was preventing him from making the solar car available on a large-scale.
Kumawat got a degree in BHMS (Homoeopathy) in 1978 and has since then been a practicing doctor.