26 Apr '12, 3pm

Chinese farmer builds AMAZING solar- and wind-powered car:

Chinese farmer builds AMAZING solar- and wind-powered car:

Electric vehicles are great and all, but they’re not exactly practical for everyone. Like, how’s a farmer in rural China going to a) afford a pricey green car and b) get enough access to electrical outlets and vehicle charging stations? Well, if he’s Tang Zhengping from Beijing’s Tangzhou Wanji Yongle Town, he’ll build his own – and it’ll be AWESOME. Fifty-five-year-old Zhengping recently constructed a totally emissions-free vehicle powered by wind and solar. The ride — which comes in a lovely shade of robin’s egg blue — is no jalopy, either: It has a range of 90 miles. His creation, roughly the size of a box-car, is powered by batteries and two sets of electric generators. A large fan installed in the front and a pair of solar panels in the back help supply power by charging either the battery or generator, depending on which isn’t being used at the time. Altogether, the ...

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