A team of Mechanical Engineering students of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) have built an electric eco-friendly car.
The students unveiled their project at an exhibition organized by Designed for Zero Vehicle Emission (DOVE) Initiative at the Julius Berger Hall of the university.
The project, initiated by Olusanya Olukoya, a graduate of Mechanical Engineering of the university, took the students one year to complete, and it’s aimed at reducing global warming.
Olusanya revealed that the car was designed out of their desire to encourage eco-friendly inventions. He praised the school management for supporting the project and their passion for practising what they were taught in the class.
According to him, “The project DOVE Initiative is a design and innovation group established to encourage innovativeness of the youth to design and create vehicles of the future in Nigeria. We want to create pure, clean, eco-friendly and energy efficient automobiles. This informed our idea to build an electric car as against the conventional fuel-powered cars.”
Named DOVE P1, the 200 kilograms, driver-only automobile is powered by a high voltage battery and has zero carbon emission.
Built from locally sourced materials, it has a speed limit of 15 kilometers per hour, a tabular frame chassis and 16-inch diameter tires.