After decades of experience in the automotive industry, the next design by Madrid expert José París will be very different. It is Watt-r, a low-cost solar vehicle specially designed for the transport of water, with which this professional based in London intends to do his part to alleviate the problems of distribution of a basic resource that they still do not have more. than 660 million people.
Thus, with its mind set on the millions of women and minors in Sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia and India who, every day, have to move for hours in search of a water source, Paris has been pondering an idea for years which, finally, will forge in Watt-r.
Although it is still under development, this model, which will be tested locally to start a test phase in Kenya in 2018, is specially designed for water transport. In fact, these vehicles will have the capacity to load a dozen 20-liter containers, for which they will only need energy from the sun.
Equipped with a 150 watt electric bicycle motor, the innovation is designed to reduce costs as much as possible. In favor of this plays both the simplicity of its structure and the fact that many of its parts can be manufactured through 3D printing. With this, the promoter of the initiative foresees that any entrepreneur can pay for this vehicle with micropayments for three years.
In addition to promoting water distribution, Watt-r will function when not in use as a recharging unit for phones, lamps or other tools. Likewise, it is expected that it can make its use compatible with the transport of medicines, seeds and any other necessary product for rural communities in Africa and Asia.
For the moment, the idea is that Watt-r travels at a speed equivalent to that of a pedestrian and that it does so, in addition, in flat areas, to minimize energy consumption. This is key, because the vehicle is not equipped with batteries, although everything is subject to revision. “It would be very easy to think of an autonomous version, in more power or in the incorporation of batteries,” says Paris in statements to Fast Company, in which he adds that he is used to this type of process after his passage, among others, by Ford , General Motors and Audi.
However, his focus is now on this super-low-cost solar vehicle that he hopes will help fill some of the shortcomings of millions of people. Other initiatives have already been launched with the same idea. An example is Solar-E-Cycle, a solar bike with more than 40 kilometers of autonomy and with the capacity to transport three people. In addition, this works as an energy source for all those homes that, in addition to without water, also live without connection to the network.
More information at Watt-r.