First Electric Car Grand Prix September 2014 in China

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Electric cars have rounded a corner in their drive to enter the mainstream. Soon, you’re going to be able to watch them race at high speeds.

(National Geographic) The world’s first fully electric Grand Prix racing series, the FIA Formula E Championship,  launches this year. It will pit single-seat electric-powered racers against one another on ten center-city street courses from Beijing to Los Angeles and Miami, from Rio de Janeiro to Monte Carlo and Berlin. (See related blog post: “How Does Electric Stack Up to Gasoline on the Race Track?“)

The first public demonstration of the car that all ten teams will use, the Spark-Renault SRT_01E, is set for Monday at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. A former F1 driver, Brazilian Lucas de Grassi, the official test driver for the Formula E, will be behind the wheel of the vehicle, which was built by Spark Racing Technology together with a consortium of some of the leading motorsports manufacturers, including Dallara, McLaren, Renault, Williams, and Michelin. (See related quiz: What You Don’t Know About Cars and Fuel.) Read More

Podcast 120: Meet Tustin High School’s Electric Car Team

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Thanks to students Jake, Nick, Jesus and William as well as teacher Ed Hernandez at Tustin High School for joining us on our latest podcast.  The team comes from the runners up finalist in UC Irvine’s Energy Invitational, on the show to talk about building the Chassis Lab Switch electric car that they are assembling during the school year. PODCASTListen Here

Tustin High shared their ongoing projects with us, which includes the Racer8 electric go kart, a Shop Bot, hovercraft, dunk tank and several others.  They also talked about what it’s like to be involved in high school engineering class, what they like most about it, their roles and what’s difficult.  In addition to getting a hands-on education, students also learn about design using software like Solid Works. Read more of this post