One of the expected highlights of the year 2015 is the scheduled presentation of the prototype of Nigeria’s first ever solar-powered race car, the Eaglemobile “9jaBOLT” Solar Car, to President Goodluck Jonathan.
According to Vanguard newspaper report online, the presentation of the prototype of the solar powered race car is billed to hold within the first quarter of 2015.
It was disclosed that the presentation of the innovative design to the President at the State House, Abuja, will be at the instance of the Nigeria Eco-Racing Team, a.k.a. Team Nigeria, which is competing as Africa’s sole representative at the World Solar Challenge holding at Adelaide, Australia, in October.
The 27-year-old World Solar Challenge is the No.1 and most keenly contested technology challenge in the Renewable Energy category and Design ecosystem, the report stated.
It was gathered that 9jaBOLT Solar Car technology is expected to cushion Nigeria’s domestic energy problems.
Commenting on how the team has been expanding its research in the first of its kind hardware and software technology design campaign, Mr. Ebisike Ebube George, the Creative Director of the Nigeria Eco- Racing Team at the World Solar Challenge, told Vanguard that it all began when himself, an engineer and ICT enthusiast, along with a group of other Nigerian engineers, technologists and scientists got together to design and build the state-of-the-art, concept solar car following an offer to compete at the biennial
technological project.
“We have designed and are building the State-of-the-art Eaglemobile “9jaBOLT” Solar Car and look forward to its possible successes whilst attracting the prospects of commercial adoption and mass
manufacturing as a product to serve the African continent transportation needs.
The complete car is estimated to cost US$650,000 not including other research being developed in partnership with the Wolfram Research Europe Limited to build the advanced solar car’s intelligence capability,” he explained.
He added that the building of the solar car is going on at its Owode-Onirin base in Lagos.
The World Solar Challenge covers 3,021 km through the Australian Outback, from Darwin, Northern Territory to Adelaide, South Australia.
The objective is to promote research on solar-powered cars.

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