About Power Drive


  The Power Drive program is an educational opportunity that challenges high school student to design and build a one-person electric vehicle during the school year. 

      NPPD / OPPD established Power Drive in 1998 to give high school students a hands-on way to apply their studies and to promote interest in automotive, electric and energy technologies and careers.

     Power Drive events consist of teams racing for a one-hour endurance rally. The challenge is to make as many laps as possible during the hour on one set of batteries. There are three levels of competition: standard, advanced, and exhibition.

    Louisville will be competing in the standard class, which is for all first year cars and also in advanced, which are all second and third year cars. 
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Objectives  2010 - 2011

  • Rebuild and improve front axle design & strength. 
  • Improve canopy functionality 
  • Increase durability of car 
  • Redesign front nose for improved aerodynamics 
  • Improve times in braking and maneuverability contests 
  • Study ways to decrease rolling resistance and increase efficiency

Project Constraints

    Both standard and advance class cars have specific rules and regulations that must be meet in order to     compete. Below is a brief description from the NPPD / OPPD rule book:
  • The basic frame, roll bar and axle assembly can not be carried over from a previous car, i.e., this vehicle must be a first year car.
  • The frame and roll bar construction must utilize the type and grade material described in the Power Drive Rules and Regulations.
  • Vehicle must utilize belt or chain drives (no direct or fluid drive mechanisms).
  • No multi-speed transmissions permitted.
  • No regenerative braking systems permitted.
  • No solar panel recharging permitted.
  • $3300 spending limit on the car.


  • Chassis must have a fully enclosed body except for driver entry and egress. All frame components, drive line systems, and the driver's body must be enclosed within the body shell. Open cockpit designs are acceptable. Wheels and tires need not be enclosed.
  • Alternative frame designs must document demonstrated equivalent resisting bending moment to the materials described in the Rules and Regulations.
  • Except for communications devices and small, bicycle type speedometers, no accessory batteries are permitted.
  • The team must submit "multi-media" documentation (paper, VHS video tape, video CD-ROM, CD PowerPoint®, audio cassette).
  • No tiller or handlebar steering designs are allowed, but two handle tie-rod systems are acceptable.
  • For carryover vehicles: Two of the major systems (frame, electronics, steering, brakes, body, suspension, motor/drive line, and wheels) must be substantially changed and documented from the previous year's competition.
  • A vehicle may compete in the Advanced Class for no more than two seasons. 
  • $3800 spending limit on the car.
            This information was retreived from the OPPD webpage. OPPD / NPPD retains the rights to 
  Power Drive.
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