Skip to main content

UNILAG Students Built An Electric Car From Scratch






















A group of Mechanical Engineering students from the University of Lagos have built an electric-powered car from scratch, using locally sourced materials.
The project, which began in 2014, was initiated by two engineering graduates (then undergrads), Olukoya Olusanya and Maduka Smart, who later enlisted the help of other mechanical engineering students. The result of the collaboration was a zero emission electric powered prototype vehicle called dubbed the DOVE P1.
The DOVE P1, which is made of a fibre glass body, weighs in at about 200kg and is capable of speeds of up to 35 km/h.

 One would question the viability an electric car in a nation that struggles with reliable power supply, but team Olukoya Olusanya thinks otherwise. “Cars are going electric”, he said in an interview with CCTV News, “and I believe that in the next 15 years, more than half of all cars sold around the world will be either partially electric or fully electric”.

These are quite bold statements. All around the developed world, electric cars continue to struggle to get mass adoption. Their high cost, limited range do not help their cause much, even in developing nations where power is not a problem.

Nevertheless, Project Dove (as the team is called) remains confident that electric cars are the future. They have launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise $25,000. The idea is to replicate the technology at other Universities all around Nigeria. This will help sow the seed of early adoption in hope that one day, the country will see the benefits of depending less of natural resources like fuel. 

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

The Rich Kids of Russia: Instagram mocks the children of oligarchs photographed posing beside luxury golden cars, mansions and private jets

An anonymous Instagram account revealing the lifestyles of the rich children of Russian oligarchs has become an internet sensation. The biography of the anonymous profile says it is dedicated to documenting the lives of the kids from Russia growing up in luxury.  The account specializes in collecting photos of rich Russian kids that they post online themselves, with everything from luxury cars through to selfies with expensive cars, boats or famous people.

$2million raised by Spark Internet Group

Jason Njoku, Bastian Gotter and Mary Remmy-Njoku launched Spark, the Lagos-based Internet Group that invests in Nigerian start-ups, a few months back. (If you missed it, read it HERE). They launched with a $1m investment fund and have just announced that due to huge interest in their company, they have secured another $2million from a pool of 17 international high net individual investors, based on a $10m valuation for the three month old company. It seems that the world now firmly has its eyes on Nigeria for exciting Internet companies to invest in!

Spark companies employ 130 people across the nine launched companies in Lagos, three of which have already secured second-round seed investments totaling an additional $700k from Njoku and Gotter. Continue...

Spark’s goal is to revolutionize Nigeria’s angel investment eco-system, focusing on the country’s Internet startup scene.   In an official press release, Jason Njoku of iROKOtv fame says: “Every Spark company we have invested in alread…

THE MAN PETER MBAH

Peter Mbah was born on the 17th, March 1972
He started his primary education in 1978. He attended the Army Children School, Bori Camp, Port Harcourt where he obtained his 1st School Leaving Certificate in 1984. In the same year, he proceeded to Owode High School, Owode Egba, Ogun State and in 1990, he graduated with a Senior Secondary Certificate in Education (SSCE) (O’Levels).
An adventurous Mbah obtained a Certificate in German as Foreign Language from the VolkHoch Schule, Recklinghausen, Germany in 1992. Between 1997 and year 2000, he attended the University of East London, United Kingdom where he graduated as a lawyer (.L.L.B (Hons)) with a Second Class Upper Division. While at the School, Mbah was an outstanding President of the Student Law Society (1998-1999). During his tenure, the association won the Students Union’s prize and certificate of achievement for the “Most Productive Society of the Year”.