Seven students of Nova Engineering College, Ibrahimpatnam, have designed a ‘Scooter Car' with automobile scrap. The vehicle can be used for agriculture needs in rural areas, said the students.
The budding engineers made a trial and displayed the project in Tech Nova National Festival-2012 held at Ibrahimpatnam on Vijayawada outskirts, which has been awarded first prize.
Four mechanical engineering students – Ch. Swapna Siddharth, R. Jagadeesh, Ch. Raja Shekar and P.A. Vara Prasad and three electronics and communication engineering students, D. Lakshmi Sowjanya, L. Sathyavani and Santoshi, designed the vehicle under the guidance of college principal Dr. Ramakrishna and mechanical head of the department, Dr. Umamaheswara Rao. The concept was developed with the support of Global Innovative Technology Group to help the poor. The 150 cc vehicle, 2 stroke engine, will prevent road accidents and will be very useful for the aged in rural areas.
Speaking to The Hindu on Thursday, Mr. Swapna Siddharth said: “We purchased a scooter engine and some spare parts with about Rs.20,000 in the local garages and manufactured the car.
A new scooter car can be designed at a cost of Rs.30,000 with all facilities”, he said. “Scooter car will give good mileage. If sponsors come forward, we can design more such models. The car will help the farmers in transporting seeds, fertilizers and the produce, said another student Ms. Lakshmi Sowjanya.
“As scooter car was a four-wheeler, it is easy to drive and accidents can be prevented. Our family members and the institution management encouraged us a lot in designing the project”, said Mr. Raja Shekar.