Greetings from Team SolarMobil!
Team SolarMobil would like to thank all its followers, mentors, sponsors and benefactors on the successful launch of our beloved car – SERVe (Solar Electric Road Vehicle). The team is grateful to Manipal University and Manipal Institute of Technology for nurturing the talents that constitute the backbone of the team. The institution(s) have been our primary benefactors since our inception in 2011.
SERVe was launched this April in Bangalore and unveiled at both Tata Power Solar and the FKCII Green Summit, 2015. As is evident from the extensive coverage we received from acclaimed news dailies and online publications such as Times of India, NDTV Auto, BBC Auto, and ScoopWhoop to name a few, SERVe has been able to capture the country’s imagination right from the onset. SERVe features aerodynamic curved design and runs on solar energy from its curved solar panels. The team received constructive criticism and was lauded by industry experts for its efforts.
SERVe is India’s first passenger solar electric vehicle which uses clean and free fuel with zero emissions and zero noise pollution. It has a high strength chassis and is lightweight. SERVe has an aerodynamic and aesthetic design obtained from the cut section of a tear drop. Custom made curved solar panels are used with energy generation at 17% efficiency. Further SERVe is energy positive, which basically means the car can not only generate enough energy for its own use but also supply power to an external grid.
SERVe has been able to showcase that passenger solar cars are not only a possibility but a necessity of the not so distant future. Imagine a world without all the depleting fuel we feel entitled to and replace it with cars that run on an energy source that is infinitely abundant! SERVe is one such step in that direction.
(To view the Tata Power Solar Launch Gallery, click here)
(To view SERVe in action, click here)
(To view the feature on NDTV- ” Clean Air, My Right ” series, click here)
The team seeks to improve on its work every year and thus has begun working on its third car. Buoyed by SERVe’s success and using it as reference, we at SolarMobil aim to build a new prototype and reach the American Solar Challenge, 2016. The competition is a 2000 km endurance race and is a melting pot of budding engineers and industry stalwarts who are vying for a cleaner and greener tomorrow. The challenge is backed by the Innovators Education Foundation (IEF) & the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA).
With the next car we aim to achieve greater speed and more power while focusing on driver ergonomics.
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Until then, cheers!