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The Indian Space Research Organization has come up with a solution to combat the fuel crisis and pollution problems of the country. The agency has decided to use solar panels to charge the lithium-ion batteries which power the electric motor.
The technology for this project was developed in-house and the fact that solar energy is clean, it could potentially be used to solve the crisis. ISRO placed a high-efficiency solar panel on the roof of a car and used a super-capacitor to meet the high peak current of more than 100 Amp. The solar panel charges the batteries that drive a modified, light-weight and brush-less electric motor that is placed in instead of a petrol engine.
The donor car looks strikingly similar to a Maruti Omni and the electric equipment is placed in the boot. After a successful test ride, ISRO is now improving upon the model and planning on how to cut costs by using indigenous Li-ion pouch cells/Fuel cell along with a super-capacitor as well as electric motor.
This model, if successful, will definitely help solve the fuel crisis and will drive India into the future of automobile technology.