On May 24th, as part of the WAVE Project (World Advanced Vehicle Expedition) a solar-paneled Tuk Tuk came to IICS to collect the commitment cards we all made for the Wave project. WAVE is a people’s movement to promote practical, environmentally-sustainable actions following the 2015 Paris agreement on climate change.
This year the expedition included the solar-powered Tuk Tuk built from scratch by Naveen Rabelli, an automotive engineer.
“The Tuk-Tuk Tejas, as he named his entry, will not only cover the 1600 km (nearly 1000 miles) of the WAVE Trophy Rally itself; he’s also driving it from Bangalore, India, to the competition, about 8800 km (about 5500 miles).
The Tuk-Tuk Tejas is solar-powered, so Rabelli plans to travel only about 100 km a day, or 62 miles. At that pace, it will take him about 100 days total to reach the rally. Even after accomplishing all that, Rabelli hopes to push on in his creation, all the way to London. He’s been testing his design for the past four years in preparation for this epic, if slow, solar-powered journey.
By building the Tuk-Tuk Tejas, Rabelli is following the lead of the WAVE Trophy’s founder and director Louis Palmer, who in 2008 drove his Solartaxi around the world. The project intended to draw attention to solar power and zero-emissions vehicles.” POP-SCI
After Mr. Rabelli visited IICS, he continued on to Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary, Austria, Germany, France and then lastly the U.K. Finally the cards (including ours) will be presented at the UN convention in Geneva and entered into the Guinness World Record book as the world largest mosiac card.
When the Tuk Tuk came to Marmara Campus, classes presented their commitment cards from IICS to Wave. We were really excited about this opportunity to be part of this world wide movement about climate change!
The IICS Wave Committee,
Jude [5G], Patricia [5G], and Selim [6R]
(and a little help from Ms. Gokmen)