SA’s green car to set off on three-na­tion odyssey

CityPress - - News - – Staff re­porter

A so­lar-pow­ered elec­tric car de­signed and built by South African en­gi­neer­ing stu­dents will travel around South Africa, Namibia and Botswana to raise aware­ness and pro­mote green tech­nol­ogy.

The car, named Ilanga II, was de­signed and built by Uni­ver­sity of Jo­han­nes­burg (UJ) en­gi­neer­ing stu­dents. It will tra­verse 4 160km over 12 days as it trav­els around the three coun­tries. Its jour­ney starts on June 18.

Me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing science lec­turer and manager of the UJ En­ergy Move­ment pro­gramme, which de­signed the ve­hi­cle, Nickey Janse van Rens­burg says: “The pro­gramme was es­tab­lished in 2010 to help pro­mote skills devel­op­ment, en­ergy con­ser­va­tion and sus­tain­abil­ity through tech­nol­ogy in­no­va­tion. We are ex­cited to be tak­ing Ilanga II on its long­est trip yet and in­tro­duc­ing the pro­gramme to our neigh­bours across Africa.”

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