PODCAST 130: Formula Hybrid Founder Doug Fraser Previews 2015 Competition

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Photo from 2014 Formula Hybrid

Engineering students across the country are losing sleep and slacking on their other subjects. So says the founder of Formula Hybrid, Doug Fraser, who came on the Podcast to talk about preparations for this year’s competition. PODCAST Listen Here

Formula Hybrid Founder Doug Fraser

Doug Fraser, Formula Hybrid

Formula Hybrid takes place April 27 – 30, 2015 at the new Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. Founded and run by the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth University since 2006, the competition is part of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Collegiate Design Series and is regarded as the most complex and dynamic of the series.

According to the website, Formula Hybrid is an interdisciplinary design and engineering challenge for undergraduate and graduate university students. They must collaboratively design and build a formula-style electric or plug-in hybrid racecar and compete in a series of events. The educational competition emphasizes drivetrain innovation and fuel efficiency in a high-performance application. Read more of this post

Grant Trains California Auto Shop Teachers in Electric Car Assembly

Electric Auto Shop Course Brings Alternative Fuels into the Classroom

Electric Auto Shop, Inc. (www.electricautoshop.com) received a grant from the Fresno County Office of Education to enable eleven automotive instructors from throughout California to attend specialized training in electric car assembly January 26-30 in Sebastopol, California.

Costs for the five-day course were covered under the California Industrial Technology Education Project (CITEP), which is a contract held by the Fresno Regional Occupational Program from the California Department of Education. The project is responsible for program development, support, and professional development activities related to industrial technology education sectors, including transportation, while gathering and promoting examples of best practices. Read more of this post

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

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

Welcome Back to School from Electric Auto Shop

Back to School and Electric Auto Shop

Welcome Back to School!

American River College Attends Instructor Training [VIDEO]

Special thanks to the instructors from American River College.