High school students build zero-emission 300 mpg electric carGetting Off Oil, World news Monday, March 21st, 2011
A new electric car that can get more than 300 miles per gallon. You read right – three, zero, zero miles per gallon. But this car wasn’t created by any of the major car manufacturers in Japan, Detroit or Germany. It’s the brainchild of students from DeLaSalle Education Center, a high school in Kansas City, Mo. for students who need an alternative to the traditional system.
They took part in the school’s Automobile Design Studio, which is aimed at fostering outside-the-box thinking in a real-world setting. Their car produces zero emissions, a feat it achieved on Bridgestone’s Texas Proving Grounds. The students have applied to Guinness World Records for approval of their achievement.
The students’ super high mileage electric car consists of a chassis from the 2000 Lola Indy, an ultra light-weight aerodynamic body, Bridgestone Ecopia EP100 tires, and a high-end electric propulsion system specially designed for the vehicle.
A test on Bridgestone’s Texas Proving Grounds showed the vehicle got around 300 mpg. The students and their instructors are looking for a suitable automaker who can turn the project into a full-scale commercial entity.
Electric cars are powered by a zero emission electric motor instead of a polluting gasoline engine and they get energy from a controller that regulates the power level as determined by the driver’s acceleration.
This achievement proves GM, Ford and Chrysler can develop high mileage vehicles but just don’t want to. If 300 mpg+ can be achieved by students why are the Big 3 domestic automakers only producing 60 mpg and less vehicles?
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