Mechanical Engineering (ME) department students of International University of Business Agriculture & Technology (IUBAT) showcased their own solar-electric car at an event car on May 22 of 2019.
The event was attended by IUBAT’s enthusiastic crowd comprising teachers, BRTA officers, media personnel, students and alumni.
The car was, built from recycled metal and auto-rickshaw parts, fully designed in IUBAT’s ME lab-workshop by ME students.
With a top speed of 30 km/hr and zero emission, it cost only BDT 25,000. The car is very suitable for intra-city commute.
The four student innovators Nazmus Sakib, Md. Irfan Uddin, Md. Fazle Rabbi and Yaqub Arafat developed the car as part of their B.Sc. final research project under the supervision of Dr. Muammer Din Arif, senior lecturer in the ME department.
The concept car was driven inside IUBAT’s expansive and scenic campus in Uttara, Dhaka and was filmed by media personnel.
After the demonstration, the VC of IUBAT, Prof. Dr. Abdur Rab addressed the distinguished guests and delivered a short speech on the importance of developing renewable energy based vehicles to mitigate the dangerous pollution in Dhaka city.
The key speaker was Mr. Md. Shahidul Azam, Assistant Director of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) who observed the test drive of the car and commented that it was inspiring to see IUBAT involved in applied research for societal benefit and suggested that Government-University collaboration should be developed to support and commercialize such green technology as part of the modernization vision of the government.
The exhibition was concluded by the Chair of the ME department Prof. Dr. Engr. A Z A Saifullah who congratulated the students and opined that collaboration among IUBAT, government and corporate can make this type of green electric vehicle a viable reality in the near future.
BDST: 1518 HRS, MAY 29, 2019