Segun Oyeyiola is a student of Obafemi Awolowo University, in Ife, Osun State, Nigeria. The electronic and electrical engineering student transformed a Volkswagen beetle into a $6, 000 Solar and wind powered car.
Segun is reported to have invented this from scraps and old spare parts. With his knowledge and talent he was able to make something worth it out of the junk he had. He did it in a way that never crossed people’s minds.
The solar panels are attached to the roof of the car while the wind turbine is fixed under the bonnet. “Nigeria’s future car” like he called it, is also an eco-friendly car which he intends to make totally operational in no distant time.
Segun is an environmentalist. This is one of the reasons the solar and wind energy initiative came into the design picture. However, the car is not entirely powered on the above mentioned energies. The batteries which take up to 4-5 hours charging time are recharged with electricity as well.
“I wanted to reduce carbon dioxide emission going to our atmosphere that lead to climate change or global warming which has become a new reality, with deleterious effect. Seasonal cycles are disrupted, as are ecosystems; and agriculture, water needs and supply, and food production are all adversely affected.”
Segun Oyeyiola literally gave life to the vintage automobile by powering it up with solar and wind which the Nigerian environment has ample amount of. He reinvented the automobile with available natural resources.
Segun developed an app that will alert the driver on the level of battery life left to run the car. The app will also notify him on weather conditions and other essential parameters.
Last year when he came forth with this invention, it was commendable. As a matter of fact it has opened up a new line of thought for modern African innovators with regards to renewable energy. Now there are growing attempts in Africa to promote solar cum electric cars.
“In the course of my research, I found out that our regular cars contribute immensely to climate change… If we could manufacture cars that do not use fuel or reduce the number of cars that use fuel; our world will be a better place for us to live in.”
The Nigerian inventor of the eco-friendly Volkswagen says in good time he will take the invention to the expected level. Segun Oyeyiola shares his dream to commercialize this product. He says the prototype is still a work in progress.