A student group known as the Green 707 Club is working to design and assemble an electric vehicle that will ultimately be used as a drag racer.
The Green 707 Club was formed in the fall of 2010 under the guidance of Hemchandra Shertukde, professor of electrical and computer engineering in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA).
The club is currently seeking donations and sponsors for this project. The estimated initial cost of construction is approximately $15,000.
Initial funding has allowed the Green 707 Club to purchase a Chevy S-10 to use for the conversion. The students have removed and disposed of the gas parts and are ready to begin design and construction. The vehicle that they are constructing is required to be “street legal” in addition to its function as a racing vehicle.
A number of donors have provided initial funding for the project, including the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department in CETA, CETA Dean Lou Manzione, the Provost’s Office, and the Student Government Association.
But additional funds are needed, Professor Shertukde said.
“We have a lot of work and challenges ahead of us for this project. Funding is essential,” Shertukde said. “We would like to be on the track by next spring.”
The club is hoping to take part in its first race with the electric vehicle on May 18, 2012. You can read about the race at www.ecedra.com/2012evdragracingexpo.html.
The Green 707 Club will provide contributors with updates on the progress of the project as it materializes.
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