Nigerian Student Converts Beetle into Wind- and Solar-Powered Car

By: | June 27th, 2014

Earth is heating up. The gases from vehicles, power plants, and other sources are building up a thick blanket over our planet. We blame others but are we all doing our part?

The dedication and desire to fight against climate change inspired Nigerian College Student Segun Oyeyiola to make a Wind and Solar Powered Car. Making use of mostly scrap parts donated by friends and family, he converted a Volkswagen Beetle into a wind- and solar-powered car perfect for the country’s extreme weather. He completed this whole project for just $6,000.

About the car:  In the retrofitted Beetle, Oyeyiola installed a giant solar panel on top and inserted a wind turbine under the hood to take the advantage of airflow while the car is in motion. Oyeyiola also installed a super strong suspension system to deal with the weight of the entire additional eco-friendly tech.

Oyeyiola created his own electric bug with the goal to create a car which could help reduce CO2 emissions. However, his car is still in the early stages of design, as the battery takes four to five hours to charge. But this eco-minded designer has no plans to give up. He is planning on making improvements in the present design until it becomes Nigeria’s car of the future.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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