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TRNC’s first solar-powered vehicle RA 25 makes debut

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Ahmet Kaşif: RA 25 is the Victory of Resoluteness…

Designed and manufactured by R&D teams of the Near East University, TRNC's first native solar powered car was introduced at a press conference held at the Exhibition Hall of Near East University Hospital.

TRNC Public Works and Transportation Minister Ahmet Kaşif, YÖDAK President Prof. Dr. Hüseyin Gökçekuş, NEU Founding Rector Dr. Suat İ. Günsel, NEU Board of Trustees Chairman Assoc. Prof. Dr. İrfan S. Günsel, and members of Near East University family attended the press conference.

According to the press statement issued by the Press and Public Relations Office of NEU (Near East University Nicosia, Cyprus), Assoc. Prof. Dr. İrfan S. Günsel, the Chairman of NEU Board of Trustees, made the opening speech and addressed to the press members and the guests. He stated that they gathered to share a common pride on behalf of the country and voiced his happiness that he felt by introducing the God of Sun RA 25; TRNC's first native solar-powered vehicle produced by the Near East University.

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Günsel: RA 25 will race on behalf of TRNC in Sasol Solar Challenge in South Africa...

Noting that RA 25 would race on behalf of TRNC in Sasol Solar Challenge, which will be held in South Africa between 27 September and 4 October, Assoc. Prof. Dr. İrfan S. Günsel emphasized that the Near East University had achieved a lot in education, technology and as well as in many fields within a quarter century.

The name of the solar powered vehicle was inspired from the Sun of God RA and NEU's 25th anniversary...

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Stating that RA 25 is a significant milestone indicating the point that the Near East University has brought the country in terms of technology and innovation, Günsel noted that the name for the solar powered vehicle was inspired from the god of sun RA and NEU's 25th anniversary.

The future generation vehicle can reach 135 km/h speed...

Indicating that RA 25 was a fully solar-powered vehicle, Assoc. Prof. Dr. İrfan S. Günsel said that the vehicle equipped with 1800 Watt linear electric motor could reach 135 km/h speed. Delivering information about the vehicle, Günsel noted that RA 25, which was designed as a three-wheeled vehicle, was a technological wonder. He explained that the steering and suspension structure of the vehicle, which was equipped with the most contemporary disc brake system for modern cars, was designed the same as in Formula 1 cars. He added that the vehicle, which is 5m long, 1.8m wide and 1m high from the ground, was equipped with a control panel including only forth and reverse gear.

Günsel: We take our every step for our country, our people, our world, and most importantly for the whole humanity...

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Günsel, "We take our every step for our country, our people, our world, and most importantly for whole the humanity". The solar-powered and environmentally friendly RA 25 is a technological wonder which indicates the leading role of the Near East University in contributing to our country and its people in terms of science, technology and innovation. We have endless faith that RA 25 will wave our flag proudly in Sasol Solar Challenge to be held in South Africa".

The solar-powered vehicles produced by world's leading universities and by giant car manufacturers such as Mercedes and Audi will also take part in the race...

Günsel: "The Sasol Solar Challenge will start on 27 September in Johannesburg and finish on October 4 in Cape Town. The main route is approximately 2000 km through the country. I'm extremely pride to introduce to you RA 25 which will represent our country in such an outstanding international organization. RA 25 will race against not only the vehicles produced by the leading universities of the world but also against the vehicles produced by giant car manufacturers such as Mercedes and Audi. I believe that RA 25 will represent our country very successfully, wave our flag proudly and will return from South Africa with a very good result".

Ahmet Kaşif: Victory of Resoluteness…

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After the opening speech of Board of Trustees Chairman Assoc. Prof. Dr. İrfan S. Günsel, TRNC Public Works and Transportation Minister Ahmet Kaşif addressed to the attending body and press members and described the achievements of the Near East University as the "Victory of Resoluteness".

Touching upon the significance of the firsts achieved by the Near East University, the Minister Kaşif said: "Today, we are experiencing a first in TRNC.I would like to extend my congratulation to all those who contributed to the event and made us experience the joy of this event”.

Kaşif: “I would like to greet everyone personally and on behalf of the government with my deepest love and respect. Technology is developing worldwide, universities of our island have become known all over the world. Of course, the Near East University is drawing attention through the breakthroughs that it has always accomplished. The Near East University has achieved an outstanding first once again. I congratulate the Near East family. In today's world, countries try to meet their energy needs by using environmentally friendly solar and wind energy. These renewable energy resources are the offer of the nature for us. The more we use these resources, the more we are useful in providing renewable energy for our people. We have an energy shortage in our country. We should benefit from these alternative energy resources in order to make up this energy shortage”.

TRNC's name, flag and plate will be represented in the World's League by the vehicle produced by NEU...

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Touching upon the fact that RA 25 would take place in an international race with TRNC's name and plate for the first time, the Minister Kaşif noted: “The name of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus will be mentioned amongst 70 countries from all over the world. TRNC’s first solar powered vehicle that produced by the Near East University is not only an indicator showing the level reached by our country in terms of technology, but it is also an important turning-point that RA 25 will represent our country in the world's league with TRNC's name, flag and plate”.

Although there is not a permanent solution for Cyprus Problem, we are promoting our country to the world via vehicles produced by our elite universities such as NEU...

Highlighting the crucial role of TRNC universities in the promotion of our country, Kaşif said: "To take part in an international race with a car identification plate that registered by TRNC means that TRNC's name and flag will be there as well. After the Sasol Solar Challenge in the South Africa, the Near East University will also take part in American Solar Challenge, which is a cross-country road race across North America, with TRNC's plate and flag on behalf of our country. By virtue of our elite universities such as NEU, we gradually promote our country throughout the world although there is not a permanent solution for Cyprus conflict”.

Providing that we work and produce, there will be no obstacles preventing us to open up to the world...

Kaşif: “TRNC universities have achieved a lot and represented our country in many international platforms. The countries, which do not recognize TRNC as a state, have come to a point to recognize the diplomas granted by TRNC universities. In other words, our universities have removed the hurdles and cleared the way for educational activities at international platforms. Therefore, no obstacles will remain preventing our opening up to the world, if we work and produce”.

Kaşif: It is not enough just to congratulate NEU, it is necessary to cherish this achievement and foster relevant studies...

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Touching upon the significance of the event, Kaşif said that it was not enough just to congratulate NEU family and wish them success for realizing such an outstanding event, adding that it was necessary to foster their achievement and relevant studies."Whatever our full share of work is, we will endeavor to do our best to support and help enthusiastically" noted he.

We have believed and registered a license plate for the vehicle, if needed once again; we can do the same without any hesitation...

Stating that they had completed the vehicle registration procedures for RA 25 in a short period of 48 hours, the Minister Kaşif voiced his commitment and said: "Because we have believed and trusted, we have acted decisively and immediately plated the vehicle, which will race on behalf of our country and wave our flag in an international car race. If needed once again, we will do the same thing without any hesitation".

Kaşif: Suat Hoca is a go-getter and steadfast person. When he sets his mind on something, he exerts all his energy to actualize it. I congratulate him...

At the end of his speech, the Minister Kaşif celebrated everyone who contributed. "I hope, this lovely car will bring good results from the race. Of course, the topflighter of this event is the Founding Rector of NEU, Dr. Suat İ. Günsel; namely Suat Hoca. He is a steadfast and go-getter person. When he sets his mind on something, he exerts all his energy to realize it. I congratulate him as well. I hope, the next generation, who will undertake the task after him, will continue in the same manner and with the same determination to realize events aiming to add success to NEU's current achievements". said he.

Source: YENİ DÜZEN

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