Business Journal: Switch, Electric Auto Shop Team on Electric Car Instructor Training

Tustin High School and the Racer 8 Electric Go Kart from Electric Auto Shop

Tustin High School built an electric go kart with a course purchased from Electric Auto Shop.

SEBASTOPOL and FORESTVILLE – There are plenty of folks who believe the future of driving belongs to electric cars. There are others who are sure of it.

Electric Auto Shop is the brainchild of Michael Mack, a long-time electric car professional – he’s held positions at CPI International, US Electricar and Zap Power Systems.

“Electric cars are taking off, and there are plenty of designers, but where are the service and repair people? There will be a real need for technicians, and high school is the place to train them,” he said.

He devised courses converting a Chevy truck to an electric vehicle.  While showcasing his offerings at the Educating for Career Conference in Sacramento Mr. Mack met Switch Vehicle partner Peter Oliver. Read More


EV Assembly Lab Course Instructor Training July 22-26

Looking forward to the Electric Auto Shop EV Assembly Lab next week, July 22-26, onsite training for students and instructors.  The course is an intensive five day session at our northern California production facility.  The training is ideal pre-instruction for educators planning to use the Electric Auto Shop classroom curricula at their schools.

Chassislab Students work on electric vehicle batteryElectric Auto Shop provides training on how to build the electric vehicle. During this intensive five-day clinic, attendees gain hands-on experience by installing EV drive train components and building the Chassis Lab Switch. Participants will actually work on an electric and one of our pre-fabricated kits. During the five-day training attendees experience everything required to install all electronics in the car, program the various electronic components to function properly and test drive an EV.

Upon completion, attendees will program, test drive, alter the programming and re-test to see the effect of changes on the performance of the drive train. Completed projects can be shipped home from our facility (additional shipping charges will apply). Shop fee and additional materials fee required if you chose to have your vehicle completed through our training program.

Additional time is spent on review of the course materials; interfacing with Switch Vehicles and Electric Auto Shop; practicing the course exercises in preparation for teaching the proper methods and the use of our online documentation and user instruction manuals.

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AutoBlog Green: Electric Go Kart Racing



(AutoBlog Green) You know what’s a lot – a lot – of fun? Racing. You know what’s really expensive? Also, racing. Fortunately, there’s cheaper way of getting into the sport of testing the limits of man-melded-to-machine than going out and building or buying a full-fledged race car. Yup, go-karts! You want to compete in Formula 1 when you grow up? This is where you start. (For an in-depth look at the sport, check out Autoblog‘s epic 7-part Introduction To Karting.)

Unfortunately, the shrunken wonders have long been kind of noisy and, perhaps, more than a little dirty. Think smokey two-stroke engines with minimal mufflerage. Now, however, that’s beginning to change, and one of those at the forefront of this shift is Rattlesnake Electric Sport. They’ve launched a line of electric go-karts that are competitive with modern gas-powered machines that can put you neck deep in wheel-to-wheel racing action. Continue Reading

Formula Student Goes Electric in Europe

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Editor’s Note:  Formula Student wrapped up yesterday, with more electric cars competing than ever before. Click Here for results.

After almost 12 months of planning, designing and building, more than 2,000 of the world’s best young engineering students will descend on the home of British motorsport to battle it out and see who will be crowned Formula Student 2013 champions.

More than 100 student racing teams from 27 countries will race single seat racing cars built from scratch at Formula Student 2013, to be held at Silverstone on 4-7. Read more of this post

Ashington Pupils Ready to Race Electric Go-kart

Electric go kart from Ashington School

Pupils from an Ashington school have been working on an engineering challenge to build and race their own electric go-kart.

Stockfield-based IHC Engineering Business invited a group of 11 pupils and four teachers from Ashington Central First School to build the vehicle in preparation for a go-kart race organised by the Greenpower Education Trust, which aims to advance education and interest in sustainable engineering and technology. Read more of this post