A math teacher and inventor from Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir has invented an affordable electric car that runs on solar energy. Bilal Ahmed, from Tangmarg, was working on the project for the past 13 years.
Speaking to media, Ahmed said that he wanted to make a car for the disabled, but could not pursue his dream due to financial constraints. Then, the idea of a solar car intrigued him and that it’s free energy. “Recently, I also read in newspapers that petrol prices are expected to rise in 10 years,” he said.
Making an E-Car
The teacher-turned-innovator had been observing and studying various luxury cars made since the 1950s. Breaking the notion that only the elite can afford luxury travel, He created a solar car that is not only luxurious, but also affordable for the common man.
“I thought of something to give a luxurious feel to the people and started working on the car and modified it by watching various videos and started adding the features in it,” he said.
“In Kashmir, most of the time, the weather is gloomy. I used solar panels, which can give higher efficiency even on low sunlight days. I went to many solar companies to check the efficiency of solar panels and worked on this solar innovative car,” he added.
At times, the doors of the car when parked at the place received light sunlight, to overcome this problem, he made a gullwing door, which opens upwards like the ones in a Ferrari.