The solar car Emilia 4 presented in Belgrade

Presentation of the solar car Emilia 4 and the seminar The Italian-Serbian Cooperation towards sustainable mobility was held today at the Museum of Science and Technology in Belgrade. Emilia 4 is a solar-powered electric car, built by the Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna as part of a bilateral scientific cooperation project with a Serbian project partner. Visitors will have the opportunity to see Emilia 4 in the Museum of Science and Technology by 18th December. 

“This car is symbol of what we can do together, it is the result of the cooperation of two important universities, two technical schools, so it is really a partnership between our two countries”, said Italian Ambassador to Serbia Luca Gori and added that he recognizes a lot of potential for the development of further projects focusing on sectors with a high technological content such as sustainable mobility that can benefit both countries.

Professor on the Department of Industrial Design at the University of Bologna Giangiacomo Minak highlighted that Emilia 4 was designed and manufactured by the University of Bologna In 2017, adding that this vehicle, which is the lightest ever built (360kg, battery included), won the American Solar Challenge 2018 running over 2700km using only solar energy.

Talking about the composition of the car, professor Minak pointed that participating in different races required different modifications on the vehicle, therefore, Emilia 4 experienced some changes in 2019 in order to participate to the World Solar Challenge in Australia – for example, in order to improve aerodynamics, bigger battery pack was placed in the car while at the same time  lighter solar panels were placed.

Proud of this unique vehicle named by the Italian region Emilia-Romagna, professor Minak stated that Emilia 4 took part to competitions across 5 continents and  won the American Solar Challenge in 2018.

Professor at the Industrial Design Department of the University of Arts in Belgrade Marko Luković who was in charge of creating the entire design of Emilia 4, highlighted that this car has aerodynamic shape style, such as  dolphins, whales and fishes, in order to be as efficient as possible and achieve less air resistance, adding that Emilia 4 can reach the speed up to 110 km/h. Therefore, the director of eMobility Primoz Lemež underlined once again “the power of the sun”, stressing the fact that if all the roofs in Slovenia were replaced with solar panels and if all cars were electric, about  30% more electricity would be produced.

Talking about relationship between Italy and Serbia, professor Zlatan Šoškić from the University of Kragujevac who took part in various projects at the University of Bologna stated that collaboration between two countries have never been at the higher level, adding that in 2020. Italy was at the second place when it comes collaboration links where Serbia is involved, which was not the case 5 years ago. As one of the most important projects supported by the Studio Pedrini from Bologna Šoškić highlighted IMPulse which goal was to establish a product development centre that will provide services of 3D printing and scanning and A_Madam Project with focus on 3D printing as well.

Šoškić underlined that the scope of collaboration between Italy and Serbia has started from individual participation, than it has moved to institutional level, while finally today, when we talk about cooperation between two countries, we can say that it has reached the level of integration into society.

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