Solar-powered car built in Palestine

20 Jul 2010
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A group of students in Palestine have built a car that can run on solar power.

Dr Zahdi Salhab from Palestine Polytechnic University in Hebron stated that the project took many months to design and build, because it was created from scratch.

Speaking to the Guardian, he said: "It was a complicated project."

Despite the fact that the car struggled to make it to a top speed of 20 miles per hour, it has been praised because the students did not have a lot of resources to work with.

As well as running on solar power, the car has a battery that can be charged with normal electricity.

"We have almost no industry, so nearly all our pollution is from vehicles," added Dr Salhab.

It is hoped that similar developments will follow the lead of the Palestinian students and create more solar-powered vehicles.

BBC News recently reported that the solar-powered Zephyr plane has completed seven days of non-stop flight - setting a new world record.

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