Ghana’s KNUST builds solar-powered vehicle

Ghana’s KNUST builds solar-powered vehicle

- Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi has built a solar-powered 4×4 vehicle

- The solar-powered car is meant to carry passengers and goods and is still being tested to bring it to standard

The departments of Mechanical Engineering and Physics at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) have built a solar-powered 4x4 vehicle.

The KNUST constructed the first solar-powered 4×4 vehicle to be manufactured in Africa in partnership with the Technical University of Munich.

The environmentally-friendly vehicle, meant to carry passengers and goods, was inaugurated by the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, at the 51st congregation of the KNUST.

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The innovation comes as a breakthrough, especially as Ghana searches for ways and investors to build a strong automobile industry in the sub-region.

According to the Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Kwasi Obiri-Danso, the invention was the University’s response to living up to its core mandate of spearheading development of innovative technologies.

He, however, noted that the vehicle was still being tested and tried over some period with the hope of fine-tuning it in order to bring it to standard.

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On his part, Chancellor of the KNUST, Otumfuo Osei Tutu, lauded the team of researchers who worked on the project, and expressed the hope that it would encourage the government to be more interested in resourcing the University for more of such innovations.

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