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Odisha boy develops solar-powered bicycle after father failed to afford fuel expenses

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Bhadrak: A 24-year-old electrical engineer has made his native village – Kulana in Tesinga panchayat under Bhandaripokhari block of the district, proud by developing a solar-powered bicycle.

One Rakesh Nayak, son of Subash Nayak and Pramila Nayak, developed a bicycle that runs on solar power upto 30 km per hour after his father could not afford to bear fuel expenses for his bike.

Rakesh, who has completed his diploma in electrical engineering from Barapada School of Engineering & Technology of the district, used a solar panel, four 12-volt batteries and a switch connected with 24-volt DC motor in his innovation.  

The cycle has also an electric accelerator to start and off. Besides, it features horn and light switches.

The cycle, which is expected to bring a revolution in the bicycle segment, can also run through pedal. It can run during the daytime with the solar panel and at night though power supply from the battery.

He took only two months to develop the bicycle with a cost of Rs 15,000.

The elated young engineer said that the solar-powered cycle could be upgraded with many more features if he receives financial support from any company or government.

After he uploaded this solar-fuelled bicycle on social media, people from various areas have been making a beeline for his village to see his innovation, for which he has been receiving applauds from various quarters.

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