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