The Electrathon America electric car project at Everett Community College gives students a chance to apply the principles of engineering in a hands-on project. Students in EvCC’s engineering project class and engineering club have worked together to create the one-person car. They designed and fabricated every part except the wheels, motor, battery and steering wheel.
- May 26-27, 2012 in Portland, Ore.
Background and History
In Electrathon races, the goal is to drive as far as possible in one hour, using limited electrical energy. The vehicles are lightweight, aerodynamic, highly efficient, and must meet design and safety requirements. The car competed in races March 17 in Greshem, Ore., and May 5 in Lacey, Wash.
“The best part is seeing it come together, off the computer screen and into real life,” team captain Jason Kurtz said.
Team members include: Andrew Bailey, Jason Bisenius, Kevin Bumgarner, Kyle Carlson, Jason Kurtz, Nhatanh Le, Vananh Le, Robert Moriarty, Phillipe Raymond, Adam Remesnik, Kimberly Sangwin, Chris Sansbury, Thao Tran and Natalie Young. Students worked on the project with guidance from EvCC engineering instructor Xiaopeng Bi. They worked with EvCC welding students, who welded parts of the frame, and EvCC graphic design students Beckie French and Kevin Osborn, who created the body art.
The team received materials and support from many sponsors. For more information about the electric car and upcoming races, contact Matthew Parsons at 425-388-9140.