Gauteng learners build solar-powered train and car

Leona |  1 year ago | breaking

As South Africa (SA) continues to live in the shadow of load-shedding and petrol hikes, pupils from two Gauteng schools of specialisation – the Soshanguve Automotive School of Specialisation and John Orr Engineering School of Specialisation in Johannesburg – have built a solar-powered train and car respectively.

The pupils looked at the crisis the country finds itself in and came up with innovative solutions using solar energy.

 "The train consists of four solar panels to power it up, a motor and a 46V battery that can run the train up to a speed of 60km/h. Civil technology (construction) pupil Lethabo Nkadimeng, who came up with the idea to build the train in 2020, when he was in grade 10, said he was proud of the end-product as they had worked hard to put it together when time was not on their side."