Meet Emmanuel, the Young Sierra Leonean that has invented a Solar Powered Car

Meet Emmanuel, the Young Sierra Leonean that has invented a Solar Powered Car

May 18, 2021 0

When you think of electric cars, do you think of their benefits for people living with disabilities? Emmanuel Alieu Mansaray, a 24 year old Sierra Leonean student is one person that thinks as such. Describing the plight of people with disabilities, Emmanuel said “Often, people with disabilities encounter discrimination in public transport, others without their own vehicle hire a driver to be able to move on errands. This is one of the main reason of creating such an initiative in order to make it easy for the movement of the disabilities. Every disabled person can drive without hiring a driver” He explained further that people without disability are also at risk of health complications like lung cancer, asthma when exposed to dangerous fumes emitted by vehicles that use fossil fuels.

To tackle the problem, Emmanuel went about inventing his own solar powered car, naming it the Imagination. The young African inventor paid particular attention to accessibility for people with disability. All the control features, like clutch, brake and accelerator were built into the steering wheel for easy reach.

The stand out feature is the roof, which were made of solar panels. As the Imagination does not use an internal combustion engine, the solar panels capture sunlight and convert it to energy that is used to power the car. Emmanuel says when the sun is bright, the Imagination can get enough energy to cover 90 kilometers per day. It can reach speeds of 15 kilometers per hour.

The Imagination is one-half of the story, and Emmanuel’s determination to make it is the other more interesting half. Emmanuel did not have the luxury of picking the parts of his vehicles from vendor stores, rather, he scrounged for them. As there was no family money to tap into, Emmanuel had to be extremely resourceful to finish his project. He begged for scraps and went through trash bins to source the parts he needed. He also saved up the little he got from his family to purchase solar headlights, horn, cables, etc. To save costs, Emmanuel settled for cane sticks for the body of his solar car, which he painted green, white and blue, the official colors of Sierra Leone.

Emmanuel also had to learn everything on his own but he was determined to solve a problem that his community faced. The project took him three years, and he had to deal with mockery from acquaintances that didn’t understand his motivation.

Emmanuel wants to make Sierra Leone and Africa proud by inventing other things. But he admits he needs assistance, “My message to people that would want to come on board and help, this is just the beginning. I have a lot of inventions that will solve pressing issues that affect our environment and the country… I’m hoping for any opportunity or sponsorship or funding, I promise to give them my best. I’m ready to help, with my innovative ideas, people that are suffering in the rural areas in sectors like electricity, water supply, health care facility, etc. I’m ready to give a helping hand with my innovative ideas. Continue to trust in me and believe in me.”

BMI Staff
BMI Staff