Palestinians design solar car to break energy dependence on Israel

Israel has control over the fuel supply to the Palestinian population

The Arab American News.com

Palestinian solar car

Necessity is the mother of invention, and for Palestinians living on the West Bank trying to break their dependence on Israel for energy has resulted in a new solar powered vehicle.

The four-seater is covered in solar panels to convert the suns rays into energy to power a small electric motor which pushes the vehicle along at 20 kilometers per hour for about 10 hours. And if the sun doesn’t shine it can be plugged into the wall, and the battery recharged from the mains.

It looks a bit like an over-sized golf cart and took the Royal Industrial Trading Company around two months and $5000 to develop.

“This car was the first step, and now we are working on two other cars. If the work is successful, then we will do a lot of cars and sell them”, says Nabel Az-Zagheer, chairman of the Royal Industrial Trading Company.

Based in the town of Al-Khalil, the company specializes in sanitation and water supply products, and adapted them to create the new vehicle.

A greater use of solar energy could help the people of the West Bank escape escalating energy prices.

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