As pollution levels continue to rise in the NCR and commuters not motivated enough to switch to cleaner modes of transport, six teenagers in Ghaziabad have developed a solar powered five-seater car that can cruise up to 60kmph.
It takes about seven to eight hours for Aura Car to charge completely. Four solar panels of 75 watt installed on its roof charges the vehicle that can cover up to 16km.
Arnav Gupta, Deepak Yadav, Yash Sharma, Unnati Puniya, Pragya Tiwari and Tanmay Varshney -- students of Schiller Senior Secondary School in Raj Nagar -- took around three months to assemble the car which costs Rs. 1 lakh.
“They are part of the Schiller’s Research Club, an activity club for students who want to research and innovate. When the students presented the blueprint to us, we encouraged them to take the idea forward and not worry about funds,” Ajay Gupta, director of the school, said. The school funded the project, Gutpa said.
The students hope to make Aura commercially viable so that people can buy them and help reduce pollution.
“We want to spread the message of ‘go green’ using this car and hope to collaborate with a car manufacturing company, which can help us make this car consumer friendly. The reason why pollution is on rise is that people do not have options for commuting. Hence, they use petrol and diesel cars. However, if we give them an affordable and efficient option --- a solar car --- people will buy them and cut pollution,” Arnav said.
The students also plan to promote the car worldwide by participating in an international solar car competition. “We have been selected to present our car at the ‘World Solar Car Challenge’ in the US where we hope to win. The competition will be held later this year. Until then, we are working to make our car better,” Pragya said.
According to the director of the school, the students plan to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “We have shown Aura to the district magistrate of Ghaziabad, Vimal Kumar Sharma, who also drove it. We plan to meet the PM as well,” Arnav said.