• Sustainability
  • Engineering careers
  • Electric vehicle promotion

Young people are angry at the environmental mess made by baby boomers. They want to do things differently from their parents. They’ve heard about sustainability, but often they don’t know where and how to begin their journey to a cleaner future. EVolocity gives them a fun, future-focused starting point. They develop an appreciation for electric vehicles which they share with their parents and communities. And, they develop real-world skills in mechanical & electrical engineering, electronics, programming and communications, and learn how to work with others in a team.

Students design, build, compete

Secondary students design, build and compete in electric vehicles.

School teams build a vehicle (either a bike or with 3+ wheels) powered by a standard 350W electric motor, controller and two 12V gel cells. Innovation is encouraged as students strive to make their vehicle the fastest with the least drag, and able to cope with the demands of a tight street circuit. The Innovation categories encourage teams to build in object detection and mitigation features along with the measurement and display of key performance metrics.

Access to tutors at build camps

Students & teachers gain access to tertiary & specialist tutors at a series of Build Camps during the year.

Each year we work with teachers to build a calendar of events for their region. This includes a launch and 3 Build Camps. Each Camp has a focus from vehicle design and fabrication, electronics and programming for the Innovation category along with controller building and programming, then scrutineering and testing. The camps are fun and usually out of school hours. Parents are encouraged to attend and participate. They are often hosted by our tertiary partners and lead by their specialist staff. Teams are encouraged to help one another with materials and expertise.

Competing in performance, innovation, design, communications

EVolocity regional finals see teams competing in a variety of categories including performance events, innovation, design, reporting and community awareness.

Our regional finals are a fun day of competition where teams parade their designs and then test them in competition against their peers from other schools.

While student interest is around the Performance and Innovation sections other team members with responsibility for Show, Reporting and the EVy Awards (video and social media) enjoy showing their creativity and time in the spotlight.

Good performances are rewarded with an excellent array of prizes from our generous sponsors.

Regional finals

Regional & national events include opportunities for the public to test ride electric bikes, test drive electric cars.

We are passionate about electric vehicles in all forms – from bikes to cars and beyond. And, we’re doing our part to accelerate NZ’s uptake. The best way to sell electric vehicles is to give people the experience of riding one or driving one. That’s when they get “the EV grin.”

MeloYelo ebikes

Sales of MeloYelo electric bikes raise funds for EVolocity and for the participating schools.

In the past, all of the funding for EVolocity has come through grants and sponsorships. In early 2017, tapping into the expertise in our network, we developed specifications for a range of electric bikes. These bikes are built to our specifications in China under a rigorous quality control process. We import, distribute and sell the bikes through our own network of agents.100% of net proceeds benefit EVolocity.

Check out our range of electric bikes here.

Research shows EVolocity is having a real impact

Our Most recent survey of EVolocity team members (October 2017) revealed the following:

Answers Choices

  • Developed an interest in mechanical engineering
  • Learnt to work with and relate to others as a team
  • Developed an interest in electrical engineering.
  • Developed an interest in power electronics.
  • Developed an interest in programming

EVolocity team members are gaining credits in physics and technology. And, some team members acknowledge that EVolocity has changed their thinking in terms of where they are going with their education and career, most of those stating that they will now pursue engineering.