Chassislab Highlights Electric Car Show in Suisun City

Chassislab is a school course where students learn math and science by build the Switch EV from Sebastopol-based Electric Auto Shop.

The Switch electric vehicle from Electric Auto Shop is available as a school course called Chassislab to teach students math and science by building a complete electric car.

From a veritable smorgasbord of leading electric car-makers–Chevrolet, Nissan, Ford, Toyota, Tesla, Fiat, Mitsubishi, Via Motors and others–it was the Switch from Electric Auto Shop that landed on the front page of the local paper.

The open-framed electric car draws a crowd wherever it goes as spectators can see how the electric drive train and mechanics of the car work. It was designed to help students learn math and science by building a complete electric car in the classroom through a course called ChassisLab.

ChassisLab is a step by step curriculum for teaching electric vehicle technology. The program is designed for grades 9th and up. It is a 16-week course taught and assembled in the school lab/shop and classroom. Learn more at Electric Auto Shop and read about the Suisun City EV Show in the Daily Republic.

PODCAST 122: Talking Shop with IIT Motorsports’ Charles Currier

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We’re grateful to be joined on the Podcast by Charles Currier from IIT Motorsports.  Charles is the outspoken driver and treasurer for the student team from the Illinois Institute of Technology.  He appeared on radio and TV in February with the IIT electric race car on display at the Chicago Auto Show. PODCAST: Listen Now Read more of this post

Intel, Siemens Help Kildare, Ireland Student Electric Car Team

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NUI Maynooth with funding from global chip giant Intel will field the first team from the Republic of Ireland to enter the international IET Formula 24 challenge from the Greenpower Education Trust. Their first race will take place on 31st of May at Nutt’s Corner Circuit in Northern Ireland against five other new teams vying for a grid position at the final to be held in October 2014 at the Goodwood Motor Circuit in Sussex. Intel announced the partnership with the National University of Ireland on its website February 19.

Greenpower, an educational trust sponsored by multinational engineering conglomerate Siemens, was setup in the UK with the objective of encouraging education in the subjects of sustainable engineering and technology to young people. Read more of this post

IIT Students Show Electric Race Car at Chicago Auto Show

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CHICAGO (CBS) – A racing team from the Illinois Institute of Technology is trying to build something radical – a racing car that is powered by electricity, and can beat those using conventional fuels.

The auto designers of tomorrow are cutting their teeth today on the planning and construction of the vehicle, which races in two domestic events and could race overseas.

The IIT Motorsports team was interviewed at the Chicago Auto Show. LISTEN HERE

PODCAST 121 What Millennials Want in a Car

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Studies show Millenniels Prefer Bicycles and Smart Phones to Cars.

Thanks for tuning into our first Podcast of 2014.  Mike and Alex talk about the latest progress of Electric Auto Shop.  The recent introduction of a new Chassilab AC course for students brought up a short discussion on the difference between AC and DC motors for electric cars.  There is a video online that gives details about the new AC drive course curriculum. PODCAST 121: Listen Now

One theme that we kept coming back to was how Electric Auto Shop is inspiring students to learn about math and science by building more efficient cars.  This seems to run against a trend reported in the news that the auto industry is concerned that the rate of U.S. auto sales to 18-to-34-year-old buyers declined to 11 percent in April 2012, down from 17 percent for the same age group in April 2007, before the recession, according to Southfield, Michigan-based R.L. Polk & Co. The fear is that financially pressed young people who connect online instead of in person could hold down peak auto demand by 2 million units each year. Read more of this post