PODCAST 128: Automotive Instructors from American River College

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Instructors from American River College Automotive Technology Department

On this episode we are delighted to share conversations we had with three automotive instructors from American River College.  These instructors visited over the summer for Instructor Training and we posted a brief video after their visit.  This podcast is a longer version of those conversations from veteran automotive instructors, some of which have over 20 years experience in automotive education. LISTEN NOW Read more of this post

American River College Highlights Green Auto Shop Courses

We’re excited to read in the student newspaper published at American River College an article highlighting the green auto shop courses being offered to students in 2014-2015.  After meeting their instructors over the summer for their Electric Auto Shop training, and interacting with them on Twitter, it’s no wonder that green technologies are that latest buzz on campus. The video above includes interviews with ARC instructors from the recent training.  Check out the article at The Current:

MSU engineering students building ‘car of the future’

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MSU Engineering Students

STARKVILLE, Miss.–Driven to lead in vehicle performance and energy efficiency, Mississippi State University engineers are steering development of the “Car of the Future.” Though the vehicle may look like a typical crossover SUV, its engine will not be connected to the wheels like conventional automobiles. Instead, the engine will rotate a generator that charges an energy storage system which will provide power to two electric motors driving the rear wheels. “Our focus here is trying to demonstrate Mississippi State’s capabilities in developing advanced technology to enhance vehicle technology,” said principal investigator Zach Rowland, deputy director of MSU’s Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems. “The goal is to advance the technologies by developing the engineering technology and the engineers that will help promote and advance vehicle design.” READ MORE

Student Electric Car with 310 Mile Range in Australia

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(WIRED) Tesla has a new competitor, and it’s not from BMW or General Motors. It’s from Australian university students, whose electric Sunswift eVe set a new world record for fastest average speed—more than 60mph—over 500 kilometers (310 miles) on a single battery charge, on July 23. That’s a big deal: Range is the biggest issue holding back the widespread adoption of EVs, and this record shows the car can drive hundreds of miles at a reasonable highway speed. It stomped on the old record, a mere 45 mph, and drove farther than even the Tesla Model S, the current king of EVs, can go on a full charge.

The eVe is a lovely-looking car whose battery pack can be charged from a regular wall outlet, or using the array of solar panels on its hood and roof. It’s the fifth vehicle made by the students, from the University of New South Wales; its predecessors date back to 1996 and include the IVy, which still holds the record for fastest drive by a solar-powered vehicle at 55 mph, set in 2011. Read More