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Gaza gets its first electric car

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headturner:Munther al Qasas drives his electric car.Photo: AFP
headturner:Munther al Qasas drives his electric car.Photo: AFP

The boxy little white and blue vehicle draws plenty of curious stares as it chugs down the street.

It is the latest creation of Munther al-Qassas, a 32-year-old taxi driver from Gaza City who was looking for a novel way to get around as the tiny Palestinian enclave goes through its worst fuel crisis yet.

Crafted out of recycled materials

Not only is it environmentally sound but the tiny white vehicle, which has no doors and can carry two passengers, has been entirely crafted out of recycled materials.

Qassas says it took him several months to build the car in a workshop on the roof of his home where he collects old electronic gadgets.

Contrasting with its white exterior, it has a pale blue roof and similar-coloured interior, and a recycled piece of gym kit for a steering wheel.

Charging

All in, it cost him $1,000 (less than 800 euros) to build — a small fortune in the impoverished Gaza Strip and huge financial burden for a taxi driver who holds a degree in political science which he has never used.

The car has to be charged for five hours with an electric cable after which it can run for four hours.AFP

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