Perth students have electric vehicles off and racing in eV Challenge

Kent Street Senior High School students Nathan Nielson and Jake Griffiths with the electric car built for the EV Challenge. Picture: David Baylis
Kent Street Senior High School students Nathan Nielson and Jake Griffiths with the electric car built for the EV Challenge. Picture: David Baylis

STUDENTS who have been learning about the future of cars get their chance to test their electric vehicle creations in a race environment this weekend.

Teams from 13 schools have built small, single seat electric vehicles ahead of Saturday’s race challenge in the small town of Wondowie, which is on the way to Northam.

The cars, powered by a limited capacity battery and built to a restricted budget, will complete as many laps of the town’s go kart track as possible in one hour.

Entrants this year include Kent Street Senior High School and Wesley College, which has six cars.

The annual EV challenge is Australia’s longest running electric vehicle motorsport event and is backed by Synergy.

“It’s great to see students and teachers working together to design and build their own electric vehicles,” Synergy chief executive Jason Waters said.

“The challenge is a great way to foster the understanding of future technology, like EVs, as well as managing the use of electricity in innovative ways.”

Entry to watch the cars go round this Saturday afternoon and evening at Hurricane Go Kart Club, Wundowie is free.