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Front seat and rear luggage tray

7 Aug

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Front seat and rear luggage tray folded and placed on chassis

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Rear seat

5 Aug

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Last night we finished fibreglassing the remaining panels and folded the rear seat.

Next we’ll fold the front seat, apply Kevlar to the floor, and trim and join more chassis panels together.

All construction photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/93596014@N08/sets/72157645667250991/

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It’s a bird, it’s a plane …

29 Jul

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… it’s an African Solar Taxi chassis taking shape.

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Chassis taking shape

27 Jul

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After several weeks of cutting, edge-foaming and fibreglassing polypropylene panels, we have at last started folding and joining panels together. Here’s the right hand side of the chassis. Note Trev looking on in the background.

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Latest vehicle render

19 Sep

Latest vehicle render

Our early concepts for the African Solar Taxi were developed using Sketchup, which is great for quick visualisations but is not as good as a proper 3D CAD model. Our industrial design student Andrew has therefore converted our design into SolidWorks, which allows us to evolve the design further, undertake structural analysis and prepare for construction of the first prototype vehicle.

How does it look?