Student Electric Car with 310 Mile Range in Australia

Student Electric Car with Panasonic Batteries - Wired Magazine

Glenn Ong/UNSW Australia Sunswift

(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!

PODCAST 127: Team Captain of Formula Hybrid Winner, Dartmouth’s Eric Din

Dartmouth Formula Racing - Winner of the 2014 Formula Hybrid at NH

Formula Hybrid Winners: Top row, left to right: Paul Hogan, Christopher Rhoades, Eric Din, William Jewett; Bottom row, left to right: Arthur Bledsoe, Erik Skarin (driver), Sean Hammett

Our latest Podcast is with Eric Leung Din, Captain of the Dartmouth Formula Racing Team. Dartmouth recently won the Electric Division of the 2014 Formula Hybrid Competition. PODCAST: LISTEN NOW

If you’re wondering about the secret behind Dartmouth’s win, Eric Din dishes out some juicy details on the Podcast, like who supplied the motor/controller, who supplied the battery management, and why the car is named Shona. Of course, Dartmouth had home field advantage as host for the competition along with the Thayer School of Engineering. Read more of this post

7 Hyper Efficient Cars from 2014 Student Racing Season

Students and Teachers building alternative fuel carsIt’s student racing season!  Whether you are racing in the Shell EcoMarathon, Electrathon, National Science BowlCalifornia Energy Invitational, Formula Student, Formula Hybrid, Formula Electric, the Nürburgring Nordschleife or other alternatively fueled race, the winner is most definitely the planet!

Thousands of miles will be raced with thousands of gallons and decibels of noise pollution being reduced. Not to mention the thousands of students and millions of brain cells enhanced through the design of automobiles that use less gasoline. Hybrid, hydrogen, compressed natural gas, electric, bio-diesel, ethanol… they’re all here.  Enjoy our gallery of Student Racers below the fold! Read more of this post

High School Robotics Students Search for Lost WWII Planes

Stockbridge Robotics Students Heading Back to Palau(WILX) The Stockbridge High School Underwater Robotics Team are traveling from Michigan for their third trip to Palau. We’ve been following the robotics team since its first mission to the South Pacific island in 2012. Not only are the students excited, but the robotics team is a point of pride for both the high school and the local community. The team’s Go Fund Me account had a donation goal of $20,000 dollars. The community has donated nearly all of that.

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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.