Nigerian engineer converts a VW Beetle into a $6,000 solar & wind powered car

Nigerian engineer converts a VW Beetle

While Segun Oyeyiola was a student at Obagemi Awolowo University, he converted his gas-guzzling Volkswagen into a fossil-fuel free machine by installing a giant solar panel on top and a wind turbine under the hood.

The idea is that it becomes “Nigeria’s future car.”

At inception, the battery took 4-5 hours to charge, which was not ideal.  The biggest challenges, according to Oyeyiola, was finding the best materials to use, and the people telling him he was wasting his time.

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Here is an animation of a solar/wind powered car, showing how batteries are charged via the multiple turbines.

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