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Solar-Powered Truck Offers Solution To Transit Issues In Ghana

By Brian Spaen

Electric vehicles and energy solutions have been popping up in developing countries, providing affordable transportation for those in rural and isolated areas. However, there’s still a need for trucks and other utility vehicles to carry heavy loads and trek out on tougher terrain. Researchers at the University of Munich have built and tested a prototype in Ghana that has already exceeded expectations.

The vehicle in question is called the aCar, an electric truck that can comfortably fit the driver and additional passenger in the front while hauling up to 2,200 pounds of cargo in the back. On a single charge with the 48-volt, 20 kilowatt-hour battery inside the vehicle, it has a range of up to 50 miles at a rate of 37 miles per hour. Even better? It’s optimized for off-road driving.

Two options are available to charge up the vehicle. First, through a traditional household socket, it can be fully powered in about seven hours. And second, solar panels are mounted on the roof, and according to Phys.org, “optional solar collector sheets can be unrolled to significantly increase the amount of solar energy produced for self-contained battery charging.”