The Washington DC Electric Vehicle Grand Prix is a hands-on educational program for high schools in Washington
DC, Maryland, and Virginia. The next race will be held at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Steven F.
Udvar-Hazy Center on May 10, 2014 with technical qualification beginning at 10:00 AM and race kick-off at 1:00 PM.
For this competition student teams apply engineering, science, and math principles and strategy to construct and
race battery powered electric cars. The project also helps improve their understanding of renewable energy
technologies and project management while working in a team environment. Other aspects of the program involve
marketing, PR and fundraising as well as logistics planning in preparation for the races.
Participation in the EV GP serves as an excellent venue for young men and women in high schools to better prepare
them for their college careers in science and engineering. The electric vehicles are single person, lightweight,
aerodynamic, high efficiency, electric-motor- driven vehicles with three wheels. They must meet specific design and
safety rules. They are powered by deep cycle lead acid battery packs not exceeding 33 kg (73 pounds). The race is
held on a purpose-built closed track with a minimum length of 0.25 miles. Speeds are software limited through the
controller to insure utmost safety. Teams drive their electrically powered vehicles as far as possible for one hour on
the closed loop course using only energy stored in their batteries. The winner of the DC EV Grand Prix is the team
that covers the longest distance in the allotted hour.
For the 2014 competition, the organizers have made arrangements with partner organizations to assist the schools
with their technical, parts sourcing, marketing, and fundraising needs. An official kit comprised of the necessary
components has been specified and was sourced by NuGen Mobility at cost on behalf of the teams. This helped
reduce the risk and allowed the schools to focus on the learning aspects of the project.
For more information abou the Grand Prix, click here.
If you are interested in volunteering, click here to sign up.