York man builds UK’s first road-legal solar car

Ex-Bootham School pupil Anthony Law with the solar-powered car he helped to develop with colleagues at Cambridge University

Ex-Bootham School pupil Anthony Law with the solar-powered car he helped to develop with colleagues at Cambridge University

First published in News

WELCOME to the future of transport - the UK's first road-legal solar car.

And one young man from York is part of the team that designed it.

Bootham School old boy Anthony Law worked on the project while studying engineering at the Cambridge University.

As part of the university's Eco Racing team, the 22-year-old joined other students in building the solar-powered racing car to enter in the World Solar Challenge in 2008. And he brought it to Bootham School earlier this week.

"We are driving our prototype vehicle from Land's End to John O'Groats as part of our outreach activities," he said.

"We have a dedicated and fully-trained team of volunteers - myself included - and we hope that by showing young people our solar car, with its exciting and futuristic design, we can educate and inspire them about environmental issues and sustainable technologies."

He said it was vital to look at alternative, sustainable technologies because road travel contributed more than 20 per cent of the UK's CO2 emissions.

He said: "Our solar-powered car, Affinity, shows that sustainable transport can be glamorous - not only does Affinity have infinite range and zero emissions, it also looks amazing."

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