A Solar Powered Bus that even PM Narendra Modi loves

Generally, it is assumed that in a university you only read through books and not really get hands on experience. But at LPU, students work on numerous interesting projects. One such project where 300 engineering students worked together was a solar powered driverless bus. The first admirer of this project was none other than Hon’ble Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi.

 What are we on about?

A feat that will delight the innovators of this world, students from the Engineering School at Lovely Professional University (LPU) have come together to design and build what is recognized as India’s first-ever solar-powered, driverless bus.

The first prototype of the bus was first displayed at the 106th edition of the Indian Science Congress, the five-day event that was held recently from 3rd to 7th January 2019 at LPU where PM Narendra Modi was the chief guest. The smart bus by LPU students, on occasion of the event, was also used to transport Education Minister (HRD Minister) Mr. Prakash Javadekar to the main venue of ISC-2019.

What makes the Solar Bus so outstanding?

Around 300 students from different branches of engineering including, electrical, mechanical and computer engineering came together under the guidance of their professors, to build this unique vehicle. The fabrication of the bus was carried out at LPU Projects Studio where product commercialization and other R&D activities are generally performed.

The bus has been designed bearing in mind various aspects of the nation, be it economical or geographical in nature. Both solar cells and batteries have been utilized to power the vehicle, which have thus cut down the cost of running the vehicle to minimal.

A totally pollution-free vehicle, this bus uses only renewable sources of energy, electric motor and solar energy to run. In combination with that, a vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology has been incorporated in the bus which helps make it driverless.

Last but not least, this solar-powered, driverless bus has a neatly designed cabin, and offers a seating capacity of 10 to 30 people. What’s even more surprising is that it only took a capital of Rs. 6 lakhs to build this eco-friendly mode of transport.

The bottom line

Looking at it holistically, projects like these give students an opportunity to transcend the sphere of bookish knowledge. Such inventions that can be patented and commercialized, and not only give students a hands-on chance to build something worthwhile but also add great value to their portfolio.

Admission to LPU’s Engineering  programme is through the university’s own entrance test LPUNEST. The last date of application is closing shortly. Visit https://www.lpu.in/programmes/ for more information.

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