Students and professors at Pakistan’s National University of Sciences and Technology (PNEC-NUST) have showcased their latest innovation: state-of-the-art electric racing cars built from scratch. For a group of youngsters who have overcome so much to be here, this event represents a major turning point in their development.
The spectacular team accomplishments were unveiled at a local hotel function. Videos were shown at the ceremony that documented the students’ inspiring and challenging process of creating an electric vehicle (EV). This project fits in with the Formula Student competition, a worldwide engineering challenge in which student teams create and race scaled-down versions of Formula One racing vehicles.
In 2012, a group of PNEC students participated for the first time in the Formula Student competition in Germany. Their first batch of electric cars did not make it through technical examination, therefore they were unable to compete. They were unfazed by setbacks and kept working to better themselves in the face of new challenges. However, the Covid-19 outbreak and subsequent immigration complications slowed their progress temporarily.
However, before leaving PNEC, graduating students made it a point to mentor the next generation of innovators. A amazing formula racing car, powered by a 350V battery and fully recharged in just two hours, is the result of their labours.
The seven girls and seven boys from the electrical and mechanical departments make up the 14-person team responsible for this remarkable accomplishment. In addition to the core staff, 25 PNEC-NUST undergraduates are working alongside them to ensure a smooth transition once they graduate.
Throughout their time at PNEC-NUST, the students have had the support of Bilal Mohammed Khan, an associate professor and faculty mentor. He stressed the need of carefully selecting the core team’s drivers to ensure they have a slight frame to help keep the vehicle’s weight down. He made light of their choice by comparing it to the need that jockeys not overburden the horses they ride.
Speaking at the event, Commandant Tauqeer Ahmad Khawaja praised the long tradition of exceptional student teams and societies at PNEC-NUST. He spoke of their foray into AI and singled out FERN as one of their most illustrious societies. He lauded the team’s hard work, singling out the girls who stay late and refuse to leave until their assignments are finished.
Ali Kashif Rasool, the team manager, gave a speech in which he thanked the players, coaches, instructors, sponsors, partners, and, most significantly, the players’ parents. He smiled sheepishly as he explained to his parents that their undying dedication to the project had required them to return home at ungodly hours.
Even while what FERN has accomplished is remarkable, it is not the only example of Pakistani students making headway in the field of electric cars. Students in colleges and universities across the country are actively encouraged to investigate the possibilities of eco-friendly modes of transportation.
In recent years, students from a number of Pakistani universities have entered competitions with electric car ideas they have developed. Students are able to put their academic understanding and engineering chops to use in practical situations by participating in these activities.
The students, teachers, sponsors, and backers all need to work together for these projects to be successful. Working together creates an atmosphere that is conducive to innovation and inspires a hunger for new technological possibilities.
Beyond the confines of the Formula Student race, these electric car projects are essential in spreading the word about the advantages of electric vehicles and promoting sustainable mobility. Students in Pakistan are making an impact on the worldwide movement towards sustainable modes of transportation by devoting their time, energy, and brainpower to the cause.
Students at other universities in Pakistan are also working on electric car technology. There are a number of other campuses across the country that have started similar programmes, all of which help further the cause of sustainable transportation. These initiatives have not only received widespread praise in the United States, but also widespread acclaim across the globe. Students from Pakistan have shown incredible talent, creativity, and perseverance by participating in international electric car contests and placing among the top finishers against teams from all around the world.
The joint efforts of many parties contributed significantly to the success of these electric vehicle projects. Mentoring and advice from faculty, funding from sponsors, and material and technical help from industry partners are all provided. The electric car industry will produce its future engineers and leaders thanks in large part to this collaborative effort.
Participating in contests and creating electric vehicles has immediate benefits, but these projects also contribute to Pakistan’s long-term sustainable development goals. In addition to lowering our carbon footprint and reliance on fossil fuels, the introduction of electric vehicles presents economic potential for the development of new fields and the creation of new jobs. These kids’ efforts to design and construct electric cars are a positive step towards a more environmentally friendly and sustainable future on a national scale.
It is crucial to acknowledge and encourage the efforts of these brilliant students as Pakistan evolves towards a more sustainable transport future. Their contributions to the realm of electric vehicles encourage research into new methods of making transportation greener and more efficient. Pakistan may benefit economically and environmentally by investing in R&D and educational programmes to foster a culture of innovation and establish an ecosystem that fosters the growth and acceptance of electric vehicles.
Students and staff at PNEC-NUST have unveiled a formula electric racing car, a product of their hard work, devotion, and creative thinking. Their ups and downs highlight how far Pakistani students may go when it comes to electric car research and development. Their efforts motivate people all throughout the country to adopt eco-friendly practises and make a greener tomorrow.