Superstar Racing Bros’ Jordan and Ricky Taylor Help Detroit High School Students in Belle Isle Grand Prix

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Jordan Taylor (far left) and brother Ricky Taylor (top right) consult with the Cody High School Racing Team ahead of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix.

It’s great to see young stars helping teach next generation, so hats off to Jordan and Ricky Taylor.  The famous racing brothers are helping out Cody High School of Detroit, Michigan in developing an electric race car for the the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix May 29-31.

“It’s always cool to see kids involved in racing, like today here at Cody High,” said Jordan Taylor. — Detroit Free Press

The student project is the subject of a recent article in the Detroit Free Press… READ MORE

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

[VIDEO] Electric battery car race highlights student achievement

Student electric car teams race battery powered model cars

Young engineers and inventors race battery powered electric cars to learn more math and science.

Amarillo, TX – Young inventors and engineers had a chance to show off their skills Saturday morning at the B&W Pantex Electric Battery Car Race.

Over a month ago, a number of teams were given a kit to assemble a model car that is only powered by electric batteries. 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 118: Students Answer the EV Challenge with Steve Garrett

EV Challenge Participants, Students, Teachers, Teams with their electric cars on a track.

We’re delighted to invite on this episode Steve Garret, the Executive Director for an organization called EV Challenge.  Steve has been a high school teacher for 27 years at Topsail High School in Hampstead, North Carolina and recently took over as Executive Director for EV Challenge.  He teaches engineering courses at Cape Fear Community College. PODCASTListen Read more of this post

Business Journal: Switch, Electric Auto Shop Team on Electric Car Instructor Training

Tustin High School and the Racer 8 Electric Go Kart from Electric Auto Shop

Tustin High School built an electric go kart with a course purchased from Electric Auto Shop.

SEBASTOPOL and FORESTVILLE – There are plenty of folks who believe the future of driving belongs to electric cars. There are others who are sure of it.

Electric Auto Shop is the brainchild of Michael Mack, a long-time electric car professional – he’s held positions at CPI International, US Electricar and Zap Power Systems.

“Electric cars are taking off, and there are plenty of designers, but where are the service and repair people? There will be a real need for technicians, and high school is the place to train them,” he said.

He devised courses converting a Chevy truck to an electric vehicle.  While showcasing his offerings at the Educating for Career Conference in Sacramento Mr. Mack met Switch Vehicle partner Peter Oliver. Read More