Students of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the UQU College of Engineering and Islamic Architecture, at the bachelor's level, succeeded in manufacturing a single seat electric (Go-Kart). They designed the complete body of the car, starting by creating the templates, studying and implementing them inside the university, and then assembling the electric motor and testing its performance on the road.
The project was designed by a number of students of the department, including: Muhammad Abdul-Sattar Ghazi, Mu`taz Abdul-Hamid Haji, Abdul-Salam Muhammad Asiri, Mu`taz Ali Al-Ghamdi, Ahmad Fawaz Jamoos, and Salih Abdullah Wan.
The supervisor of the graduation project, Dr. Rami Al-Futani, congratulated the students on this achievement and wished them success and progress. He lauded the support provided for the UQU students, which enabled them to achieve excellence in their work.
Dr. Al-Futani pointed out that the project was completed, during the exceptional circumstances due to the pandemic, by designing every single part and assembling them inside the university campus, including iron pieces, body welding, and the electronic circuit of the motor. The winding mechanism was also manufactured and tested at the campus. He went on to say that such projects are implemented in the departments of mechanical engineering at the global level to enter international competitions in which the students compete to win the award of the best design and performance. He added this project is only the beginning and is currently under modification and development to place Umm Al-Qura in advanced positions in the future.
The vehicle is considered a simplified model, has seating capacity for one person, and uses (lithium-ion) batteries systems which work for more than two hours. It can be easily charged, enhancing the use of the electric motor for the purposes of reducing carbon emissions and preserving the environment and natural resources. The project can also be developed to participate in the international electric and motorcycle races for students.