PODCAST 117: San Francisco Auto Show Preview

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  This is the auto show show of sorts because we are excited that the Chassis Lab Switch electric car kit has been invited for an educational display as part of the 56th Annual San Francisco International Auto Show. The show runs November 28 through December 2nd as San Francisco’s Moscone Center. PODCASTLISTEN Read more of this post


Community College Electric Dragster Sets Records

Short Circuit Dragster built by muskegon community college motorsports club

“The fastest 192-volt vehicle in the world.”

Students at Muskegon Community College made history last month when their electric-powered dragster reached a speed of 48 mph on a quarter-mile stretch at the U.S. 131 Motorsports Park.

Now, they’re looking to push the dragster to even greater speeds, this time using a 96-volt battery that could power the dragster beyond 80 mph.

It might not be able to replicate the feat automotive students accomplished last month when they set the first world record for a quarter-mile BR/I electric dragster using a 48-volt battery. But it’s a challenge students and instructors say is worth taking. Read More Read more of this post

High School Students Put First Satellite into Orbit


We’re always excited when students take their alternative fuel vehicle out in the track for the first time, but into outer space?

That’s exactly what students from a hi-tech high in Alexandria, Virginia are preparing to do, according to GizModo. Thomas Jefferson High School is hitching a ride on a Minotaur rocket with their TJ3SAT Cube to beam data back and forth to their website.

The launch is happening tonight, so grab your popcorn.

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PODCAST 116: Are We There Yet?

More AFVs coming out on the market, and why students are more important than ever
We live in interesting times when several models of alternatively fueled vehicles are now on the open market, with more coming out.  As developers of alternative fuel vehicles, on this episode of the podcast Mike and Alex talk about why Electric Auto Shop is more relevant than ever. PodcastListen Here

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PODCAST 115: Jason Fagone on his new Book ‘Ingenious’

'Ingenious' by Jason Fagone - Electric Auto Shop PodcastOn Episode #115 author Jason Fagone talked about his new book ‘Ingenious.’ Jason has written about science, sports, and culture for Wired, GQ, Men’s Journal, the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic, Slate, Esquire, Philadelphia, and the 2011 edition of The Best American Sports Writing. During the episode he gives insights into the Automotive X Prize that concluded in 2010. On Jason’s website it says he worked on this book for close to four years. “An old-fashioned tale of American invention — the story of a small group of tinkerers, garage hackers, racers, and entrepreneurs who tried to do something they were told was impossible.”

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New invention ‘harvests’ electricity from background radiation

New invention 'harvests' electricity from background radiation and could be used to beam power to remote locations or recharge phones wirelessly  Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2493931/New-device-harvests-electricity-background-radiation-like-Wi-Fi.html#ixzz2kMVuytum Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

Could be used to beam power to remote locations or recharge phones wirelessly

  • Device captures microwaves and converts them into electricity

  • Future versions could harvest satellite, sound or Wi-Fi signals

  • Technology could be used to recharge phones without cables or beam electricity to mountaintops

Engineers at Duke University have designed a breakthrough gadget that ‘harvests’ background microwave radiation and converts it into electricity, with the same efficiency as solar panels.

The development, unveiled on Thursday, raises exciting possibilities such as recharging a phone wirelessly and providing power to remote locations that can’t access conventional electricity.

And the researchers say that their inexpensive invention is remarkably versatile. It could be used to capture ‘lost’ energy from a range of sources such as satellite transmissions, sound signals or Wi-Fi. Read More

PODCAST114: Awesome Auto Shops Going Alternative

Where is the alternative fuel vehicle market headed? Forward!  And many of the leaders for this transformation are teachers, students, parents and educators working to find ways of training students in advanced science and mathematics. PODCASTClick Here

On this episode Mike and Alex delve into the type of schools that are exploring green curricula and the use of electronic transportation to inspire students to higher education.  With all the different ways of working to expand the use of AFVs, we’re getting behind education as a way forward.  Often the job is matching educators up with the curriculum, many who never knew it existed, other times schools self-fund their projects. Read more of this post