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


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


PODCAST 117: San Francisco Auto Show Preview

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  This is the auto show show of sorts because we are excited that the Chassis Lab Switch electric car kit has been invited for an educational display as part of the 56th Annual San Francisco International Auto Show. The show runs November 28 through December 2nd as San Francisco’s Moscone Center. PODCASTLISTEN Read more of this post

Podcast: Ecotality’s Totality and Hanging Out with La Mirada High


In our climb to raise the stakes in electric vehicles it seems like you take two steps forward only to slip one step back.  Such is the gloomy state of the industry early this week, case-in-point the recent filing of Bankruptcy by Ecotality, with its supposedly game-changing charging technology.  Ecotality reportedly received $100 million in subsidies, so it’s amazing to read that CarCharging Group recently acquired assets for $3.4 million at auction.  Also, electric car rentals seem to have taken a flop, due to the range anxiety of customers returning their EVs the same day and asking for a gas version, all for fear of not being able to make it to a charging station. In the midst of this seeming chaos, many are questioning the relevance of EV subsidies–even as others predict rosy futures for electric cars.

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Car News Cafe: Video of La Mirada High School EV Project

(Car News Cafe) We love when electric vehicles (EV) and education go hand in hand.  We couldn’t miss the opportunity to film the La Mirada High School in California receiving an electric vehicle from the Electric Auto Shop for its own auto shop class.

When Michael Mack approached us about his shop delivering an EV for the La Mirada High School, we thought it was the best thing that could happen to education.  What is there not to like about a company giving a $25,000 electric vehicle to a high school so that its students can learn to build it and take it down for the next wave the following year? Continue Reading

La Mirada High School EV Project in Local Newspaper

Chassislab Electric Car Kit from Electric Auto Shop (http://www.electricautoshop.com) delivered to La Mirada High School on September 10. (WhittierDailyNews)

LA MIRADA (WhittierDailyNews) >> Members of the La Mirada High School Energy Engineering and Technology Academy (EETA) turned on “the switch” Tuesday as part of the school’s Green Jobs Project.

Officials unveiled to sponsors and supporters of the academy a highway-ready electric vehicle, known as, “the switch,” and designed by Electric Auto Shop.

“The Chassis Lab is a step-by-step curriculum for teaching electric vehicle technology,” said Michael Mack, of the Forestville, Calif.-based company. “We provide a 16-week program for schools that bring alternative fuel transportation to classrooms.”

La Mirada is the ninth campus in California to enact this program, which allows the school’s students to work on the car and get it running. Continue Reading at Whittier Daily News

Don’t Miss DIY EVs at Maker Faire 2013

Switch EV at Maker Faire 2013

Switch EV


Maker Faire 2013

The Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth will be held on May 18 and 19 at the San Mateo County Event Center.  Faire goers will come to explore, engage, learn, and get their make on with over 900 makers, 12 stages with over 300 presentations, and much more.  Don’t miss on the scheduled EV activities this year.

Switch EV

The Switch EV, a 3-wheeled electric car that you can assemble yourself, will be on display in the the West Lot Car Row Booth WL24.  Peter Oliver from Switch will be attending education day on Friday, May 17 to give students and teachers a sneak peek of Maker Faire. As Maker Faire is being set up, students will have an opportunity to engage with individual Makers, take part in collaborative, hands-on projects and activities, and watch live performances and demos. Read more of this post