Alexander Kozlov, an 11th grader from Belarus, has recently made headlines, after spending and entire year building an impressive electric car, with the help of his family and friends.
At a glance, the white two-seat vehicle built by Alexander may look a little strange, with an unpolished finish and only three wheels, but make no mistake, it’s a working car that cost just 8,000,000 Belarusian rubles. That may seem like a lot, but it’s only $950. The boy, who lives in Grodno, originally started working on his home-made electric car as a project for an urban Olympics, but encouraged by his family and friends, he continued tinkering with parts until he completed it. He also got some help from teachers from his school, like Natalia Sakuta, who specializes in physics, and although the car really wasn’t very expensive to make, Alexander Kozlov admits he wouldn’t have been able to finish the project without such contributions.
Featuring an electric engine and fiberglass exterior, Alexander’s car isn’t the most beautiful to look at, nor the fastest on the road, but it does keep money in your pocket. With a maximum capacity of 5 horsepower and a top speed of 35 km/h, it sounds like a joke compare to modern-day automobiles, but it only sets you back $0.11 for every 100 kilometers, in terms of fuel, and can be recharged from a regular electrical outlet. And let’s not forget we’re talking about the invention of an 11th grader.
Alexander Kozlov claims that some more expensive modifications would push his three-wheel electric car over the 100 km/h border, and it would still be more economical than most cars on the market, today. But he is happy with what he achieved on his own.