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