A team of designers and entrepreneurs based in Belgrade is working on solutions to reduce the car industry’s share in greenhouse gas emissions. Saša Milovančević, one of the founders and chief executive of Aqos Technologies d.o.o., said a solar film which the startup developed allows for the creation of thematic solar-conventional vehicles which won’t have an issue with aesthetics regarding solar cells. The texture and appearance of the cells are an indigenous art motif that should give a new visual – distinctive character to the car, he added. The solar cell has flexibility with two axes and Aqos is working on the solution for all three axes, with increased efficiency in all lighting conditions.
The Serbian company said it has support from scholars from the University of Belgrade and several international car industry entities. The management plans road tests for 2020 and hopes to launch production in Serbia, financed from overseas. After the solar cell is complete, designers and engineers will work on the engine, the battery and suspension, before creating a prototype and moving to a new financing round.
Milovančević said the first cars should be produced by 2023, depending on numerous steps, including market conditions. He underscored availability and good taste are key to the project’s success. The concept for the solar automobile is to design it to utilize energy even in the dark, as little there is.