We’ve been approached by the CEO of Buddy Platform Inc (http://www.buddy.com), offering the use of Buddy’s services for the African Solar Taxi project.
The rear seat and luggage tray are now affixed to the taxi. After we’ve finished glassing the final edges and affixing the front seat, the chassis fabrication will essentially be complete.
The chassis of the African Solar Taxi is formed by folding and joining composite panels consisting of polypropylene honeycomb cores with fibreglass skins.
Folding a panel first requires that a shallow groove be routed through the fiberglass skin, along the joint. A heat gun is then used to heat and soften the polypropylene honeycomb, and the panel is then folded to the required angle. Ultimately, the joints are fiberglassed, making a very strong yet lightweight structure.
The first video below shows a joint with the skin removed, prior to heating and bending. The second video, taken by a thermal camera, shows the joint being heated and bent.
After being on STANDBY for several months, Team Trev and the African Solar Taxi project are about to be switched back ON.