The talent they say beats talent when talent fails to work hard. For those that pay the price of hard work, success is always their story.
For Según Oyeyiola, A Nigerian from the south-western part of the country who grew up in abject poverty, never had parents that never owned a vehicle, building a vehicle that can be driven was almost an impossible task.
With the motor industry tilting towards renewable off-road vehicles with Tesla leading the chase, Oyeyiola thought about future of automobile industry and saw the possibility of replicating the Tesla brand in Nigeria – it can only a time, but a right step in the tight direction. He started fulling his dreams with a “scrap” Volkswagen Beetle which he refurbished and transformed completely into a fully renewable off-road vehicle.
Against all odds and thousands of miles away from Tesla, the biggest American automotive and energy company based in Palo Alto, California, Segun Oyeyiola has managed to build a renewable car of his own on a small scale. The final year student at Nigeria’s Obafemi Awolowo University spent a year plus transforming a volkswagen Beetle into a wind and solar-powered car. Friends, family, and well-wishers gave up scraps from their vehicles to see Oyeyiola fullfil his dream project, and other things costed under 6,000 American dollars.
According to him what motivated him was he wanted to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions going into the atmosphere which is the major cause of global warming which in turn is affecting everything around us with adverse effect on the ecosystem. so he came up with building a car with will not encourage global warming.so he built a car is heavily dependent on both winds and solar energy for movement. He stated that it was his personal because of what he had in mind to achieve.
Reacting to Oyeyiola’s achievement, Dr John Preston, chair of McMaster University’s engineering physics department and faculty advisor to the school’s solar car team, who was simply amazed says he has never seen such
Oyeyiola whose project was been driven by a giant solar panel he installed on top of the car, he also installed a wind turbine below the bonnet. this allows inflow of air into the grill while the car is moving, making the turbines rotors to move and charging also charging the battery fitted at the back of the car. Oyeyiola also made sure he built a strong suspension system to deal with the weight of the battery.
One of the challenges he faces is the battery takes 4-5 hours to charge, but according to him, the biggest he says, came from finding the best materials to use, and ignoring the people telling him he was wasting his time. according to him they are wasting their own time because he wants to maximise the fact that Nigeria has a hot and sunny weather to create solar and wind-powered cars.
He said his next step is improving what he built until it becomes a future car in Nigeria.