As pollution levels continue to rise in India and across the world, the Indian Space Research Organisation has continued to work on developing different kinds of technology that is sustainable and environment-friendly.
That’s why they have designed a solar hybrid electric car made from completely in-house resources and expertise, which they hope is the answer to many of the country’s air pollution related woes.
In order to power the car, the engine is run on lithium ion batteries developed entirely by ISRO.
It runs on the same technology as the high-energy lithium ion battery that was designed for spacecraft carriers by the organisation.
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A source privy to the details on the project spoke to India Today, noting, “We are ready to transfer this technology and make our automobile industry one of the most technology Advanced in the world. Our prowess In space technology has been shown time and again and with this new innovation, the space organisation is now set to take the country to a new high! Quite literally.”
The team has already tested the technology during a a test drive at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) in Thiruvananthapuram. And they have also worked on developing a solar panel that will be placed on top of the car (for it to recharge) and other parts as well including the gearbox, and electronic controls.
Right now, technicians and scientists are working on trying to find ways to cut down the costs of the car to make it more affordable for the Indian automobile market and also accessible for the general public as a whole.
ISRO has been working on a number of sustainable initiatives in recent times. They have even launched a solar calculator app, that will help people install solar panels most optimally to derive energy. And now, having already completed a successful test drive with the solar electric hybrid car, looks like the famed organisation is one more step closer to weaning the country away from its dependence on fossil fuels.