63 Year Old Man Will Now Travel Across India in His Self-Designed Solar Car
63 year old man Syed Sajjad Ahmed finally started his long journey towards Delhi from Bengaluru’s Raj Bhavan. What makes this journey really special is the fact that he will be undertaking the journey in a solar powered car which was designed by him.
Syed first reacheb Bengaluru in 2000 and started woking as a fruit seller. But this school dropout had bigger ideas and values instilled in him. He soon started repairing TV sets and then tried his hand at developing a motorcyle for disabled.
According to a report in Hindu, He then took four years and spent close to Rs 10 lakh to develop electric two-wheeler, and three- wheelers for differently abled and finally got into making a solar-powered four-wheeler worth Rs 50,000. But with no help from the government, the vehicle cost him Rs 1 lakh.
The solar powered vehicle weighs about 400 kilograms and runs upto a maximum speed of 30 kmph.The car can go upto 30 to 40 kilometers per day solely on solar power, it’s maximum range is about 100 kms with a battery pack.
A school dropout, Syed spends one fourth of his earnings to design energy sufficient devices and another 25 percent on social service. Earlier, he had spent about four years and Rs. 10 lakh to develop electric two-wheelers and three- wheelers for differently-abled people, before making this solar-powered four-wheeler worth Rs. 50,000.
Back in 2012, Syed had travelled 1,000 kms in South India to spread awareness about a corruption-free India. “I want to further modify this car, refine and improvise it before I set out on my longest journey to cover more miles,” he had said at that time.
Once he had his solar powered quadriped on the roads, he made it a weapon against both pollution and corruption.He travelled nearly 1000 km across south India in 2012 to spread the message against corruption. He places Anna Hazare’s picture on the back and an India Against Corruption board in front of his car during this journey.
Syed, who recieved the World Environment Day Award 2006, will now travel through Hyderabad, Bhopal, Jhansi and Agra in the 1740 KM long journey to New Delhi.According to an ABP News story, he has planned to dedicate the trip to former president APJ Abdul Kalam and will land up in Delhi by the first week of December to participate in India International Science Fair.
credit : indiatimes