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Nigerian Student Converts a VW Beetle into a $6,000 Wind- and Solar-Powered Car

by , 05/12/14

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Nigerian student Segun Oyeyiola converted a Volkswagen Beetle into a wind- and solar-powered car perfect for the country’s extreme weather. A student at Obagemi Awolowo University, Oyeyiola completed the project for just $6,000 using mostly scrap parts donated by friends and family. Proving that everyone can make a difference with the right attitude and a bit of ingenuity, Oyeyiola still has improvements to make on his vehicle and he’s determined to make it perfect.


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The retrofitted Beetle comes equipped with a giant solar panel on the roof and a wind turbine under the hood that takes advantage of airflow while the car is in motion. To ensure the car doesn’t buckle under the weight of all the additional eco-friendly tech, Oyeyiola also installed a super strong suspension system.

Related: Wind-Powered Car Travels 3,000 Miles Across Australia for $15 Worth of Electricity

While many people are still in denial about the seriousness of climate change and its impending effects, the engineering senior is under no such delusions. He told FastCoExist in an email, ”I wanted to reduce carbon dioxide emission[s] going to our atmosphere that lead to climate change or global warming which has become a new reality, with deleterious effect: seasonal cycles are disrupted, as are ecosystems; and agriculture, water needs and supply, and food production are all adversely affected.” His concern for the environment motivated Oyeyiola to donate so much of his time and energy to create this amazing piece of design.

Currently, the battery takes four to five hours to charge, which makes it less than ideal, but the car is still in the early stages of design. As you can imagine, sourcing the materials needed isn’t easy in Nigeria, plus Oyeyiola had to face the criticism of other people who thought it was a waste of time. Now that he’s got a working prototype, the plan is to take his finals and then get straight back to work trying to improve the design until it becomes “Nigeria’s future car.”

Via FastCoExist

Images by OAU Peeps

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3 Comments

  1. Blake Bickerstaff June 17, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    I’d drive it

  2. Tim Page May 19, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Just look at that photo. Who would want to drive that thing? How can that be considered progress?

  3. Gary Bridger May 15, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Has he looked at all the others that are on the market, as in been produced, but put down due to companies fear of losing revenue on oil.??? and some that have exceeded the power band , that have been also put away, There are so many cheeper ways of running cars, And free energy motors, Its all out there, But governments, And underground,associations, Will not allow them. If the worlds, Finances are not in crisis already, I say let them free, bring them on. let up make the world a better place.

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