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Cairo Students Design Solar-Powered Car To Empower The Disabled

By Aimee Lutkin

At Cairo’s Helwan University, a group of mechanical engineering students have begun working on a solar-powered car that they believe could be a huge benefit to the disabled. The vehicle would allow for people with mobility issues to travel long distances unassisted. Vanguard reports that the project’s team leader, Ahmed Adel Labib, explained that the group decided on their project based on observations of electric and manual wheelchairs and their limitations in the city.

“We started to look at what’s available on the market and what the country is doing for them and we found that there are electric wheelchairs or manual wheelchairs. But these chairs don’t allow people to go long distances; you cannot use them to go from Masr El Gedida to Nasr City or from Nasr City to Maadi. They cannot cross long distances. So we decided to make them a three-wheeled car. They can go long distances with it. They would not need anybody to help them drive it or to stop it and if they need to stop it there is an emergency system that they can work manually. Its speed reaches 55 kilometres per hour, this is a very good speed in Egypt especially.”