through the efficient use of modern engineering
and alternative energy in transportation.
IN the News!
The new season is underway and the team is busy repairing, designing, building, and rewiring the cars for the upcoming events in the spring. The new students are learning to to apply their classroom knowledge to something real, something that they can be proud of.
What it's all about..........
The Prairie Electric Car team is a program that was developed in 1997 to encourage teamwork, engineering, and manufacturing skills and competitive sportsmanship. The team researches, designs, finances, and builds electric cars. The cars comply with strict specifications to ensure safety and stability during competitions.
We compete against other schools across the Midwest. At these events we drive the cars on a road course or oval track for an hour to see how many laps the car can complete on one set of batteries.
In our program, the batteries are the foundation to success. Each of our cars uses two batteries. There are two heats at each event plus, hot laps and inspection beforehand. That figures out to be 6 batteries per car per event. Take that times 3 cars and you’ve got a lot of batteries. If a battery cannot be fully charged and discharged properly it can shorten the life of the battery and weaken its performance. This makes batteries a vital part of the electric car program.