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.
Schools may enter vehicles in either of the following classifications:
Schools will compete in the following events at the annual competition:
The EV Challenge is led by:
Ken Dulaney, Board Chairman
Pam Carpenter, Secretary
Heather Hildebrandt, Treasurer
Ewan Pritchard, Board Member