A math teacher and innovator from Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir has invented an affordable electric car that runs on solar energy. Originally from Tangmarg in Jammu and Kashmir, Bilal Ahmed has been working on this project for more than 13 years and finally, he has crossed the line.
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J&K | Bilal Ahmed, engineer and professor from Srinagar gives Valley his 1st solar car. “I wanted to make a car for people with disabilities, but financial constraints made it difficult. I was intrigued by the idea of a solar car…it’s free energy…and the prices of gasoline should increase in 10 years”, he says pic.twitter.com/fTWtSmLmpB— ANI (@ANI) June 23, 2022
Speaking to ANI, Ahmed said he wanted to make a car for the disabled but could not pursue it due to financial constraints. “I wanted to make a car for people with disabilities but financial constraints made it difficult.
I was intrigued by the idea of a solar car…that it’s free energy…and recently I also read in the papers that gas prices are expected to rise in 10 years” , did he declare.
He said he used to watch and study various luxury cars made since 1950.
Breaking the notion that only the elite can have luxurious rides, Ahmed has created a solar car that not only feels luxurious but is also affordable for the average person.
“I thought of something to give people a feeling of luxury and started working on the car and modified it by watching various videos and started adding features to it,” said- he declared.
“In Kashmir most of the time the weather is gloomy. I have used solar panels which can give higher efficiency even on low sunshine days. I have been to many solar companies to check the efficiency of the panels solar cars and I worked on this innovative solar car,” he added.
Sometimes the doors of the car when parked in the spot would get a little sunlight, to overcome this problem he made a gullwing door that opens upwards like those on a Ferrari.
Making and balancing the gullwing doors was a challenge as well as a difficult task for him, Ahmad said. He drove the car on the roads and he received a good response from passers-by.