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PHOTO CAPTION: Palestine Polytechnic University solar car

Palentinian Students Build First Solar-powered Electric Car

Top speed of vehicle is 19 mph (30 km/h) and cost equivalent of $4000US to build.

Published: 20-Jul-2010

Visitors to the West Bank town of Hebron this summer might find a strange-looking white vehicle motoring through its streets – the first Palestinian solar-powered car.

The product of an environmentally friendly project for Palestinian engineering students, the car is bedecked with banks of solar panels and doesn't manage to reach a speed much above 19mph (30kph) – but it is being lauded as a feat of creative engineering in the face of limited funds and scant resources.

"It was a complicated project and our students designed and built everything in this car from scratch," says Dr Zahdi Salhab, director of the mechanical engineering department at Palestine Polytechnic University in Hebron.

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