In this video, master’s students from the Faculty of Engineering talk about the design and building of the NWU’s solar car, Naledi. Join us to find out why Naledi looks like she does: for instance, why she has a specific shape, and why her solar panels can be tilted.

It is a car powered by light, which does not necessarily have to come from the sun. It is also an electrical vehicle, but it doesn’t have to be plugged in to be recharged – it carries a charger with it.


Yes, we’re talking about the NWU’s solar car called Naledi. We have been building or modifying a series of solar cars each year since 2012, when our first solar car was engineered.


Watch this video to find out why Naledi is like no other vehicle you have ever seen on the road.

Our solar car is going places

This is us


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