30 Oct 2007 04:10:38
Welsh solar car wins eco prize in Oz race
A solar-powered car built by a Welsh lecturer has won a prize in a race in Australia.
The car, which was constructed by Dr Graham Sparey-Taylor of Wrexham, won the top prize for environmental awareness in the Panasonic World Solar Challenge, which saw eco-friendly vehicles travelling 3,000 kilometres across Australia, the Daily Post reports.
It cost Dr Sparey-Taylor £8,000 to build the car, which was named Gwawr Cymru (Welsh Dawn).
He explained that he and two others, including his wife, had taken turns to drive the car.
"Because of the high amount of energy required, the rules of the challenge allow teams to alternate between driving and covering some distance with the vehicles on trailers to enable the batteries to recharge which is what we did."
Ieuan Wyn Jones, transport minister at the Welsh Assembly, said: "The environmental awareness award acknowledged that the Welsh team were the most diligent and made the most effort in ensuring the vehicle was designed to minimise its impact on the environment."
With an increased awareness of environmental issues, the focus on vehicles powered by alternative energy has intensified.