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Solar wind hybrid car by nigerian student

Segun Oyeyiola, nigerian student has built the first prototype of a
solar-wind car using the cabin of his old Volkswagen Beetle. The car
runs on a flat grid of solar panels mounted on the roof along with a
wind turbine installed under the bonnet. 
This brilliant student
developed the car from scrap and spare parts donated by his family
members and friends and limited funds. He wants to finish this ingenious
project by making the car fully operational.
The making of such a car is no mean challenge. But with the right kind
of attitude and hard work, such wonders can be achieved. Segun had some
scrap and an old beetle to start work with. 

First what he did was to
install a new and improved suspension system as the old one cannot bear
the load of the solar panels and the heavy wind turbine combined.   

Now next, he had to make modifications on the cabin especially while fitting the wind
turbine under the bonnet. Since it is a beetle and the engine is in the
back, it is relatively easier to install the turbine.

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Nigeria is a
country with much seasonal variation and he hopes that harnessing the
energy of both the energy forms will help the car be successful in such
areas. Segun is particularly concerned with the seasonal disruptions
caused by the fossil fuel emissions. By completing his project, he aims
to reduce the emissions to a minimal level.

But, the current design is far from ideal as the car only gets a percentage
of its power from the wind and solar sources. The batteries at the back
required 4 to 5 hours of charging each time. 

So practically, the car is
running on batteries charged with grid electricity rather than the
solar/wind sources. Nonetheless, the idea is good and with further
advancements & design improvements, can be made practical.