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Odisha Farmer Builds Solar Powered 4-wheeler That Can Run for 300 Km Once Charged

A farmer in Mayurbhanj has built a four-wheeled electric vehicle that runs on battery & charged using solar power. (Credit: ANI/Twitter)

A farmer in Mayurbhanj has built a four-wheeled electric vehicle that runs on battery & charged using solar power. (Credit: ANI/Twitter)

Sushil Agarwal said he was able to put together the vehicle with some help from books which he read and for resources for perusal were videos that he watched on YouTube.

A farmer from Odisha is winning the internet for building a solar car at his home. Sushil Agarwal, who hails from Mayurbhanj district, built an electric four-wheeler which runs on a solar-powered battery. The electric automobile is powered by 850 Watts motor and 100 Ah/ 54 Voltsbattery. When completely charged, the car can travel upto 300 km. Agarwal from Karanjia subdivision of Mayurbhanj told news agency ANI that he started developing the solar vehicle during the pandemic induced nationwide lockdown, last year. The idea to build his own car germinated during the boring days of lockdown, so he began assembling the vehicle together, part by part.

According to ANI, Agarwal said that the car can run upto 300 km on single charge. He has a workshop at home, where he created the car. He also mentioned that being a slow charging battery, it takes approximately eight and a half hours to fully charge the solar-powered battery. However, these batteries have a long life, and can last till 10 years.

Speaking to ANI, Agarwal informed that when the restrictions were imposed following the lockdown, he was at his home. He knew when the lockdown restrictions would be lifted, the fuel prices would shoot up. That’s when he decided to build his own vehicle which could also keep him occupied. All the work, including motor winding, electrical fitting and chassis work on the car was done in his workshop. He had assistance from two other mechanics and a friend who guided him on electric works. According to the report, Agarwal had help from some books which he read to build the vehicle. Other sources for perusal were videos that he watched on YouTube.

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Many who came across the visuals of the electric car praised Agarwal for his innovation and skill. The pictures of the four-wheeler powered by a solar battery earned plaudits across social networking platforms. Gopal Krishna Das, an official of the Regional Transport Office (RTO) in Mayurbhanj, told ANI, “Society should encourage this type of invention.Such environmentally-friendly vehicles that do not cause much pollution are the future of the automotive industry.” Das further recommended that Agarwal can improve the design to enhance the safety, comfort and efficiency of the car so that it can be used on roads. Government of India’s agencies like ARAI, CIRT can be helpful for consultation.

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