The vehicle was designed to dispose carbon emissions associated with internal combustion engines, as well as limit acoustic commotion when in activity. The University of Lagos is test-running its Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) it initiated in 2018.
The institution’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor, (Academics and Research), Oluwole Familoni, revealed this in a meeting with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Lagos. According to him, the production is an an important expansion to the college’s endeavors at forestalling the release of poisonous discharges to the climate.
He said the drive was additionally to empower native engineering innovation. As indicated by Mr. Familoni, UNILAG ZEV is a 63 percent equipment and 100 percent programming home-made (Akoka content) mechatronics car gadget. He noted that the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, had inaugurated the UNILAG Zero Emission Vehicle team in 2018.
The group is driven by Samson Adeosun, a professor in the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. Mr. Familoni, a professor of Chemistry, disclosed to NAN that in accordance with the all inclusive drive to limit an unnatural weather change, the vehicle was intended to wipe out fossil fuel byproducts related with inner burning motors, just as limit acoustic clamor when in activity.
“In idea, the UNILAG ZEV group fostered a versatile and reprogrammable force train (drive) framework. “Albeit the drive train usefulness is as of now displayed with six-traveler Sport Utility Shuttle Van stage, it very well may be reconfigured to help 18-seater passenger transport.
“In its presentation structure, the drive train Energy Management System (EMS) is modified to convey super low-power supply to acknowledge most extreme reach per battery charging cycle at grounds carrying rate of under 20km//hour. “On highways, during intra or between city travels, the EMS is modified to adaptively overwrite the carrying mode and still limit energy utilization.
“These user-specific features are absent on assembled imported Completely Knocked Down (CKD) components of of electric vehicles that have been accounted for in Nigeria to date,” Familoni told NAN. He added that the UNILAG ZEV came with an on-board auxiliary power supply system.
The professor of chemistry said the energy reinforcement was accessible to the driver through a ‘please take me home switch’ on the dashboard. According to him, the vehicle runs on an improvised refurbished Nickel Hydride battery that conveys as much as five-kilometer range per charging cycle when worked in Campus Shuttle mode.
“The reach is extendable to 350km at optimum average speed of 110k/hour at highway mode, when fitting lithium particle battery is introduced.” Commenting on the development, the Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Mr. Ogundipe, said the item was verification that the establishment was neck-profound into demand-driving research.
He said that if given more support, the university would accomplish more. “We need more help for financing research, ” he said. Different individuals of the team that assembled the ZEV include Akinfenwa Fashanu of the university’s Systems Engineering Department, Mohammed Usman (Chemical Engineering), and Adeola Balogun (Electrical and Electronics Engineering.