Iran students unveil solar-powered car
Thu, 07 Apr 2011 17:31:50 GMT
Iranian students from the vehicular research department at the University of Qazvin have designed an entirely solar-powered vehicle named “Havin.”
Havin, or shining sun, is five meters long and two meters wide and is capable of reaching speeds of over 130 kilometers (80 miles) per hour, according to ISNA.
The students unveiled the fiber glass vehicle at the Tehran Permanent International Fairground on Thursday.
The vehicle weighs 160 kilograms (352 lb.) and is fitted with six square meters of silicon solar cells.
The environmentally-friendly project comes in line with Iran's greater policy to reduce energy consumption across all sectors.
In October last year, a hybrid car also designed and built by Iranian students ranked third in the 2010 Formula Electric and Hybrid Italy (EHI) held in the city of Turin.
The automobile has a composite body, weights 600 kilograms and can travel up to 90 kilometers an hour. It is nearly noiseless and emission-free.