The University of Johannesburg (UJ) Energy Movement’s solar powered electric car, Ilanga II,  is currently on a mammoth fact-finding journey from South Africa to Botswana.

Over a planned 4 160 km drive, the car’s team aims to test the vehicle’s long-distance capabilities and to raise awareness about green technology in a series of lectures along the route.

UJ’s Ilanga II is also the university’s chosen mode of transport in the annual Sasol Solar Challenge, where teams from around the world race on sun power throughout South Africa. In last year’s race, UJ came in fifth.

The solar car has travelled from Johannesburg to Kimberley, Upington, and through Keetmanshoop towards Windhoek in Namibia, where it will stop today to deliver one of the public lectures.

From there, it will go to Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, Buitepos, and some smaller Namibian towns. Once its business in Namibia has been wrapped up, it will make its way to Kang in Botswana, and finally stopping in Gaborone on 27th June.

“The UJ Energy Movement programme was established in 2010 to help promote skills development, energy conservation and sustainability through technology innovation,” said UJ Energy Movement Programme Manager, Nickey Janse van Rensburg. “We are really excited to be taking Ilanga II on its longest trip yet and introducing the programme to our neighbours across Africa.”

If you want to keep track of where Ilanga II is during its journey, check out its Facebook page or follow it on Twitter.

Charlie started his professional life as a motoring journalist for a community newspaper in Mpumalanga, Charlie explored different journalistic angles since his entry into the fast-paced world of publishing in 2006. While fostering a passion for the arts, Charlie developed a love for technology – both which allowed him to serve as Entertainment and Technology Editor for an online publication. Charlie has since been heavily involved in consumer technology for various websites and publications. He thoroughly enjoys World War II films and cerebral documentaries; aviation; photography and indie music. Oh yes, and he also has a rather strange obsession with collecting coffee mugs from his travels.