On April 6, nineteen students and instructors from the Monongalia County, West Virginia, Technical Education Center (MTEC) traveled to Raleigh, North Carolina, with their two electric vehicles to compete in the EV Challenge Final Event. This is the fifth year they have entered the competition in which high school students convert gasoline-powered vehicles to run on electric power. For this year’s event, MTEC converted a 1991 Ford Ranger, which goes by the name of the “Lone Ranger,” and a 1993 Mazda MX3, nicknamed “Sparky.”
The competition, which was introduced to MTEC by the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC), took place over a two-day period. The vehicles were divided into three classes: truck, car, and modified.
Day 1 began with mechanical and electrical inspections after which the vehicles were judged for the design competition. At the same time, the troubleshooting and oral presentation competitions commenced. Later that day, the vehicles competed in the range event, which took place on a 7.2-mile course designed to see what vehicle could travel the longest distance on a single charge. At the end of this event, the vehicles were brought back to the hotel and charged for Day 2.
Day 2 consisted of the autocross event, a race against the clock that determines the fastest and best-handling vehicle in each class. Believed by many to be the most exciting of all the events, it is also the one that students look forward to the most. Following the autocross event, the awards ceremony was held. MTEC placed second overall in the competition.
“MTEC is the only school in West Virginia competing in the EV Challenge, and after this event I think that our students can truly say that they did indeed make West Virginia shine,” said George Law, EV Challenge lead instructor.
Listed below are the final results for the MTEC vehicles:
“We are very proud at the NAFTC of MTEC’s great accomplishments in the EV Challenge program,” said Al Ebron, NAFTC Executive Director. “It is obvious that the students and George Law have worked very hard to build a winning EV Challenge program at MTEC!”