New solar car in Dubai
Currently on display in Dubai is the first solar powered car designed and created by an Emirati.According to its creator Saqr Bin Saif the solar two-seater car can reach a maximum speed of 50km/h but is better suited to cruising at 45km/h, "I would really like to drive it to Wafi on Shaikh Zayed Road but I don’t know if this will be possible because police will have to stop the traffic, it only goes at 45km/h," said Bin Saif.The creator spent four months on the drawing board being refined, and then car took three months to be build.
"It has four solar panels of 170 watt and two batteries which store the energy. It is ready to go now with the energy stored inside and doesn’t need to sit in the sun all day," said Bin Saif.The car has 2 places and is 6 metres in length and 2 metres wide, but there is no air conditioning. He plans to built a new car which will be smaller and faster.
The solar cells on the car collect energy from the sun, over 1,000 watts per sq m of energy. Batteries are used to store extra electrical energy, in order for the car to use more energy than it gets from the sun at any moment
In England in 1979 Alan Freeman of Rugby was the first person to construct a solar car. Today solar cars can reach speeds up to 130km/h.