Electric pole position: High school race team snares first place

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Twelve local high school students put the pedal to the metal and won the inaugural 2013 Washington, D.C., Electric Vehicle Grand Prix.

Nine area teams met June 8 in a parking lot at National Harbor in Oxon Hill to race their self-assembled electric cars for a chance to compete in the national championship in October.

The Clarksburg High School Racers took top honors, making 50 laps around the track in one hour and also racking up the fastest qualifying time. Global EEE, the Electrical Vehicle Association of Greater Washington, D.C., and Pepco were major organizers and sponsors. Read More

3D Printed Microbatteries Smaller than a Grain of Sand

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The revolutionary technology behind 3D-printed car parts, food and guns can also be used to print batteries smaller than a grain of sand.

Scientists have developed a new 3D printer design using electrochemically active ink that builds lithium-ion microbatteries, paving the way for a new generation of miniaturized high-powered electronics, from flying robot insects to medical implants.

Researchers from Harvard and the University of Illinois constructed the batteries from interlaced stacks of electrodes thinner than a human hair. Read more

Monroe, NC High School Students Complete Electric Auto Shop Course

20130614-091739.jpgStudents at Central Academy of Technology and Arts are cruising around the parking lot in a brand new electric car. One they built themselves.

The car was a project for a new class, the electric vehicle hybrid class, Roger Pressley an automotive instructor, said. They started building the car in January and finished it last week.

The car started as a bare, metal frame. The collision repair students painted the frame and automotive students installed all of the components, Pressley said. Read more at the Enquire Journal

University Engineering Team Attempting Cross-Country Electric Motorcycle Record with Moto-Electra

Student electric vehicle - Electric Motorcycle made by James Madison University Engineering Students

Beginning June 3, electric-motorcycle pioneers Moto-Electra and a team of James Madison University engineering students will make an attempt on the U.S. coast-to-coast record for electric vehicles. Their machine, built on a traditional Norton “featherbed” chassis with sleek replica John Player Norton streamlining, will be ridden by ex-racer Thad Wolff. The present record stands at around six days.

Brian Richardson, manager of Moto-Electra, said, “We will travel from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean using only the batteries in the vehicle.” Read more of this post