Teenage Engineering Student from Pune Designs Solar-Powered Bicycle

The solar bicycle weighs approximately 10 kg, with most of the weight coming from the dual batteries each of 12V capacity and the solar panel, which powers the headlight at night.

solar power bicycle

A 19-year-old engineering student in Pune has designed a solar-powered bicycle. Roshan Chumbalkar, a mechanical engineering student from RMD Sinhgad School of Engineering, Warje (Pune) got this idea in the vacations after his class X board exams.

“It has always been my dream to build something with the use of solar energy. It took 2 years of planning and execution for building the bicycle and this would not have been possible without the support of my parents and the guidance of my professors at Sinhgad College,” Roshan said while commenting on the success.

The solar bicycle weighs approximately 10 kg, with most of the weight coming from the dual batteries each of 12V capacity and the solar panel, which powers the headlight at night.

The manufacturing cost of the bicycle is INR 13,000 and it can travel up to a maximum speed of 25 km per hour. Chumbalkar’s bicycle has been acknowledged by the Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) under their Design Innovation Center (DIC) program.

“It is heartening to see our students pursuing practical experience along with the theoretical know-how and this is something we have always encouraged our students at Sinhgad Institutes,” Rohit Navale, Vice President – HR, Sinhgad Institutes said.

“We are confident that the combination of theoretical expertise and the practical experience will help our students accomplish their dreams and aspirations,” Navale added.

Source: India Today

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