The Nigeria solar challenge has concluded plans to bring a solar car rally to Nigeria in conjunction with Kings Polytechnic. The Nigeria solar car initiative is a challenge designed to champion integration, support and encourage technical and scientific success in the field of engineering. It is also aimed at promoting solar car racing. The Solar Car Challenge Nigeria is a multi-day, cross-country road race across Nigeria taking-off from Abeokuta (south-west) to Port Harcourt (south-south) to Abuja (North-central) with a grand prize of N 1 million and a trophy. The first edition of the 18-km grand prix race will be hosted by King Polytechnic and St.Francis College Ubiaja, Edo State and is expected to produce cutting edge solar powered cars which will pave the way for a future of solar powered invention and revival of research and innovation among tertiary and research institution across the country. Unlike the electric automobiles of the 20th century, the solar car racing was pioneered by Hans Tholstrup and Larry Perkins when they completed an epic Solar trek from Perth to Sydney, Australia, in 1983. This effort is however, not unconnected with the American Solar challenge which has immensely contributed to the upgrade of this technology in the US. The American Solar Challenge (ASC) coordinator expressed his optimism in the capacity of the Nigerian Solar Challenge to produce teams from this event for the American Solar Challenge in future years in addition to bringing the sport of solar car racing to Nigeria. This initiative is supported by the Solar energy society of Nigeria, American Solar Challenge, while the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has indicated its readiness to provide logistic support for participants in the race.
Source: Solar Car Rally to Debut in Nigeria, May 6, 2013