Samuel Karumbo, a 30-year-old Kenyan student from Kitale Polytechnic has built Africa’s third solar-powered car
The two-seat four-wheeler car that features a solar panel at the back, can cover about 50 km a day but still runs on a low speed motor that limits it from using energy faster.
According to report, Karumbo was motivated by the absence of a low cost-car that would fit his needs.
I [dreamed of] a car and since I did not have enough money to buy one, I just sat down and remembered that I am an innovator. That is when I thought of coming up with a unique car, a solar-powered car that does not require any fuel.
Apart from moving from place to place, the car can charge phones and provide home lighting.
“One of the mitigating interventions the country should put in place is to promote investments that work towards attaining the goal of using 100% renewable energy from sources such as solar, geothermal, tidal waves, the wind and even municipal waste as opposed to using fossil fuel generating power,” he said to a local media, Tuko.
Recall in 2017, student from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana, built a 4×4 solar car.
The first in Africa was in 2015 when Students and Lecturers at the University of Johannesburg built the llanga 11 vehicle, which won the 2012 and 2014 Sasol Solar Challenge.
Uganda had planned to produce solar buses for commercial purposes but called off the project to focus on producing diesel-powered pickup trucks. The bus was said to be Africa’s first solar-powered bus.