Turkish university’s solar car test drive successful
Energy Minister Taner Yıldız drives solar car built by İTÜ engineers. AA photoTurkey’s leading Istanbul Technical University’s ARIBA 6 solar car just finished its first test run from Istanbul to Ankara, reaching its destination after a solar-energy fueled road trip that cost only 2 Turkish Liras.
ARIBA 6, the sixth product in a series of solar energy vehicles built by engineers of Istanbul Technical University (İTÜ), arrived at Minister Taner Yıldız’s office doorstep yesterday, where Yıldız announced a grant of 30,000 liras to be given to the innovative team.
Yıldız also requested the team to build a solar car for the ministry.
The car is set to compete in the World Solar Challenge, which rounds up to 3021 kilometers and spans over six continents, between Sept. 6 and Sept. 13. İTÜ’s former efforts have won national and international awards, and stand as one of country’s most prominent acts in the field of solar energy vehicles.