Puttur, April 15, 2018: Vivekananda College of Engineering & Technology, Puttur (VCET) students "Team Mustangs" consists of 35 students from Electronic & Communication Engineering and Mechanical Engineering won 3 awards in Asia’s largest Electric Solar Vehicle Championship (ESVC) held at Sri Vishnu College of Engineering for Women, Bhimavaram Andhra Pradesh from 27th March to 2nd April 2018.
The realease from the college said, the college team won the “people Choice award”, 1st prize for best research paper and second prize in hill climb event. The team secured 6th position out of 35 teams qualified for final rounds. Total 81 teams were registered for the event. Team Mustangs was the only team from Karnataka which entered the final rounds after clearing all the technical inspections. The team was guided by Mr.Suhandas and Mrs.Sowmya Anil, Assistant Professors from the Department of Electronic & communication engineering.
About the Car
The solar electric car is powered by solar energy. The car is designed using lithium-ion-48V 120Ah battery which runs 2.25kw BLDC motor connected to the car. The battery can be charged directly through the 230v 50Hz power supply and also through solar energy. The solar panel was designed to generate 560watts of power and used to charge the battery and also to run the vehicle directly.
The car does not use any other fossil fuels hence it is totally an eco-friendly vehicle. Once the battery is charged fully, the car can run up to 2.5 hours at a maximum speed of 50kmph. Students also implemented many innovations which include operation sports, normal driving mode, traction control, regenerative breaking, tilt detection and keyless start control using RFID. The car was built at the cost of Rs.5.00 Lakhs.