There have been many occasions when we have reported on solar panels being used in a variety of situations such as built into rucksacks so that the energy produced can be used by walkers to charge mobile phones. Well, some people in Bangladesh, in particular those living in rural areas, may be benefiting from solar powered three wheeled ambulances later this year.
Presently, trials are taking place of this vehicle that has been produced collectively by a Bangladesh manufacturer of vehicles called Beevatech, a government organization and BRAC university that is located in Dhaka.
At the moment, there are some people who live in rural areas who have to be transported to hospital to receive medical attention in rickshaw vans that are actually pulled by hand so they are quite slow to get to their destination. The solar powered ambulance can travel for up to 30 miles at a speed of between 9 to 12 mph. As a result, it is possible that people will be able to receive medical attention quicker that could save lives.
The three-wheeled ambulance is much smaller than a conventional one and therefore is able to get about on a lot more of the narrow lanes. However, it is still going to be very well equipped.
A normal ambulance can cost in the region of $30,000 whereas it is forecast that one of these solar powered ones could be priced at between $1,900 to $2,500. So, as you can see, there is a significant difference in cost meaning that they are much more affordable.
Solar panels charge the four batteries of 12 volts each so that the ambulance can be used to get to sick people during the night but during the daytime the four solar panels located on the roof of the ambulance provide the power for the ambulance. It takes anything between 3 to 4 hours to fully charge the batteries.
We will continue to keep our readers informed about any other interesting projects involving solar photovoltaic panels.