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article imagePalestinians design solar-powered cars (videos)

By Anne Sewell     Aug 24, 2012 in Environment
Two different solar-powered cars have been designed in the West Bank by Palestinians, to save on the use of limited resources and also to help the environment.
The video above shows a four-seated vehicle, with its roof covered in solar panels, converting the sun's rays into power for the small electric motor. The vehicle can travel at 20 Kph for around 10 hours.
If the weather is cloudy, it can be recharged from the electricity mains by plugging it into the wall.
Designed by the Royal Industrial Trading Company, the vehicle cost around $5,000 to develop, in just two months.
Solar-powered car designed in the West Bank  Palestine
Solar-powered car designed in the West Bank, Palestine
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Royal Industrial Trading company is based in Al-Khalil and specializes in water supply and sanitation products. Initially the vehicle was designed for use around the factory.
However, Nabel Az-Zagheer, chairman of the company told the media, “This car was the first step, and now we are working on two other cars. If the work is successful, then we will do a lot of cars and sell them."
He further said that a greater use of solar energy could help the people of the West Bank escape escalating energy prices and also help the environment. The company is a strong supporter of renewable energies and this is a step towards West Bank energy independence.
However, this isn't the first solar-powered car designed by Palestinians.
Solar-powered car designed in the West Bank  Palestine
Solar-powered car designed in the West Bank, Palestine
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Another solar-powered vehicle was designed by Palestinian engineering students at Palestine Polytechnic University in Hebron in 2010, and manages to travel at around 30 Kph for approximately 100 minutes. The 'sun cart' uses 12 batteries, totaling 24 volts, which can power the car for 3 to 5 hours.
Dr Zahdi Salhab, director of the mechanical engineering department, said, "It was a complicated project and our students designed and built everything in this car from scratch."
It took students 2 months to develop the vehicle, which they hope will help the environment.
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