The mission of the EV Challenge is to energize high school students about engineering through a real world electric vehicle program. Established in 1995, the Electric Vehicle Challenge is an incredibly inspiring and high profile education program where high school students:

  • Build full-size and small-scale plug-in electric vehicles,
  • Participate in a yearlong educational program and competition, and
  • Learn numerous skills including applied engineering and environmental science, electrical troubleshooting, public speaking, and community service.

 

 

The EV Challenge provides teachers with materials for a yearlong educational program including curriculum materials, seminars, a competition, and fundraising support. The program is often a life-changer for students and has a significant positive impact on their experience of science and engineering. Recent research indicates that:

  • 84% of the students become more confident in their ability to learn science.
  • 68% of the students become higher performers in their science class.
  • 34% of the students are more likely to pursue a career in engineering.
  • 30% of the students are more likely to pursue a career in science.

The program is currently serving high schools in Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, West Virginia, and Iowa and would like to grow to include a national reach.

VEHICLES
Schools may enter vehicles in either of the following classifications:
Car/Truck classification
Modified Classification
STEMcycle Classification

COMPETITIVE EVENTS
Schools will compete in the following events at the annual competition:
SCHOOL INITIATIVE
EV JEOPARDY
TROUBLESHOOTING
ORAL PRESENTATION
VEHICLE DESIGN
VEHICLE RANGE
ACCELERATION
AUTOCROSS

 

PEOPLE
The EV Challenge is led by:

Ken Dulaney, Board Chairman
Pam Carpenter, Secretary
Heather Hildebrandt, Treasurer
Ewan Pritchard, Board Member

Click here for a summary of their bios.