Gas-powered cars have people marvelling but questioning their safety

Gas-powered cars have people marvelling but questioning their safety

- Photos of cars powered by gas in Tanzania went viral after they were shared by Africa Facts Zone on Tuesday, August 18

- The pictures got mixed reactions online as people were polarised between praising the innovation and showing safety concerns

- It should be noted that years ago in Tanzania, there were plans to switch public buses from petrol to gas

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Africa Facts Zone has shared some photos that show that the African continent has a great and bright future in the automobile industry.

The picture showcased cars in Tanzania powered by liquefied natural gas. A further search online revealed that there have been plans to switch from petrol vehicles to gas-powered ones as far back as 2008.

A report by Reuters in the same year gathered that the country planned to build three big filling station to help the switch.

In 2018, African Research Online reported that with the switch to public buses powered by gas, there could be a great reduction in transport fares, especially for tourists.

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The same media also said that vehicle owners wanting to be part of the switch would need between $700 and $875 to modify their vehicles.

People's reactions to the photos on Twitter were massive:

Meanwhile, earlier reported that a German automobile company, Sono Motors, built a solar-panelled car that self-charges. It also uses electricity.

The company's new whip is entirely covered in solar panels plus its roof as a way to get a good battery life while it runs. That way, when it moves, it gets solar energy.

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Called Sion, the same media source said that it is the “first mass-produced car to feature solar integration for public use".

“The solar cells meld seamlessly into the vehicle’s surface and can generate up to 34 kilometres of additional range a day at peak performance," the company said.

It can run for more, even after up to 250 kilometres of initial charge, as confirmed by the information on the company’s website.

The car’s prototype was designed in Munich in 2017 and since then has been greatly improved on in terms of interior design, ride-sharing compatibility and general body overhaul. Though the car is billed to hit the market in 2022, it may not be useful yet for very long commutes.

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