Windsor engineering students to showcase electrical vehicle technology

A group of electrical and mechanical engineering students from the University of Windsor will help educate the community on emerging green technologies on April 17 at Devonshire Mall.

The group of fourth-year students has designed and built an electric vehicle, which they will race May 17 and 18 in the Electric Vehicle Grand Prix (EVGP) at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, located in Speedway, Indiana.

The public will have a chance to interact with the students and their electric vehicle Sunday between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. in front of Purdys Chocolatier.

The team of 20 is the only Canadian team that will compete in the EVGP—a collegiate event that pits teams from universities from as far away as the United Kingdom against each other using electric-powered go-karts. The winner is determined based on a combination of position at the end of the race, efficiency, design and outreach to the community.

Students are challenged with designing an electric vehicle capable of enduring rough racing conditions while travelling up to 50 miles per hour. Students also develop and redefine telemetry systems that remotely monitor the condition of the electric vehicles and their subsystems.