‘SERVe’ India’s 1st passenger solar car developed by SolarMobil Manipal students

all love cars, in fact it is the second most valuable possession we have after
our houses. Our life is so much dependent on these machines, they give us a
sense of freedom and the ability to move around in a fast and comfortable
manner. It has become a necessity for every family and individual to own a car. 
are the reasons why we have more than 1.4 billion cars on road, in the world,
with over 360 car companies manufacturing cars at a rate of 70 million every
year. I hope these figures surely are matching the demand, we have created. I
am not against the fact that we need these machines for our day to day works,
but these cars come along with their dependency on fossil fuels.

about the solutions, we should start adopting electric vehicles, but a huge
amount of R&D is required in the field of storage devices, to make this
market grow. So, why not promote a new technology that can be the answer to our
worries, I am talking about the Solar Cars. This technology has been showing
the world since 1987 that it has the immense potential to cross large distances
and continents only by using the power from the sun. I don’t know why people
find it so hard to believe, that a car can run using power from the sun. All
the electrical and electronic devices are highly efficient; you even cut down
on the noise pollution, with no tail pipes. It is just another hybrid car which
has a solar roof generating energy during the day and thus charging the battery
power and giving us an extended range.

times when the world is pushing towards greener and cleaner forms of mobility,
engineering students from Manipal University are also trying to put in their
efforts and have come up with SERVe. Clubbed together because of their passion
towards automobiles, a group of 27 students, under the name of SolarMobil
Manipal have designed and manufactured SERVe – India’s first passenger solar
car prototype.

SolarMobil was formed in 2011 to work in this direction towards mastering this
wonderful technology and build prototypes which would be tested to get results
based on which a reliable family solar car could be built. Students from
Manipal Institute of technology are working hard to build India’s first family
solar car, We present to you SERVe (Solar Electric Road Vehicle). 


Credit: SolarMobil Manipal
has contributions from the students and the industry as well in the form of
sponsorship to the innovative project. 
overall project has costed close to INR 25,00,000 which includes costs of
manufacturing of the car, sponsored components from the industry and
promotional and awareness generating activities.
team had first built ‘Freyr1′, a single seater solar car, but later they
decided to make something bigger and more practical for civilian use. Hence,
the idea of SERVe took birth. The car has a cruising speed of 30 kmph and can
cover a distance of 150 kms on a fully charged battery. The vehicle also
features the concept of ‘Direct Solar Drive’, which allows the car to run
directly from solar energy with minimal acceleration. Driver is informed
regularly about the status of the car and the charge remaining in the battery
through an LED screen, which allows him/her to plan the trip accordingly.

the course of the project, SolarMobil Manipal managed to raise sponsorship for
the same, without which many such attempts by students have hit the brakes, if
not dead end. Tata Power Solar has sponsored the Solar Module for SERVe. In the
recent past, SERVe managed to bag the third best innovation award at the India
Innovation Initiative 2014 organised by i4c India in collaboration with the
Department of Science and Technology, Confederation of Indian Industry
(CII)  CII and All India Council for
Technical Education (AICTE).

like SolarMobil Manipal, there are many other student teams across the nation
which are trying to design and build vehicles which have the potential to
address the needs of the greener future. There are many student competitions
across the globe like the SAE Supermileage and the Shell Eco-Marathon, which
spark the debate about the future of mobility and inspire young engineers to
push their boundaries. The event gives the teams an exposure and brings their
technical as well as their managerial skills to manufacture an impressive and
competitive vehicle. Indian student teams have been performing well recently in
the global competitions and we wish them all the best for their future


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