Tallahassee, 25 August 2022 (TDI): Highlighting the significance of transitioning to electric vehicles, the World Economic Forum (WEFWEF) shared the story of a high school student from Florida, Robert Sansone, who invented a motor with the potential to make electric cars truly sustainable.
This high school student has invented a motor that has the potential to make electric cars truly sustainable.
— World Economic Forum (@wef) August 24, 2022
Although, in today’s era, most electric motors use the rare minerals mined from Earth. Hence, these minerals are useful to generate strong magnetic fields that help cars move.
However, this activity is expensive as mining these minerals requires a large expense, producing enormous amounts of radioactive waste. This waste is very dangerous to the atmosphere due to its poisonous fumes.
Robert Sansone is a natural-born engineer. The Fort Pierce, Florida-based inventor claims he has finished at least 60 technical projects in his spare time, ranging from robotic hands to high-speed running boots and a go-kart that can travel more than 70 miles per hour.
Talking about his vehicle, Sansone stated, “We are trying to move away from fossil fuel to be more sustainable. But then we are using these rare Earth materials in the electric motors of electric vehicles EVs. And so I wanted to figure a way where we could have electric car motors that don’t use the rare earth materials and would therefore be more sustainable. And I know there are designs out there that don’t utilize the rare earth materials, like the synchronous reluctance motors.”
Moreover, Sansones’ invention improves the torque of magnet-free motors, which is their rational force. Also, he made a hardworking effort to operate without a mentor and few resources.
Sansone added, “I ended up going through fifteen versions of my motor before getting a successful prototype. So I would say learning it all through the trial and error was difficult because reluctance motors are pretty complicated machines as one would imagine.”
Sansone won the first prize, and $75,000, at this year’s Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), the world’s largest international high school STEM competition.