||ABOUT THE COMPETITION
The Washington DC Electric Vehicle Grand Prix is a hands-on educational program for high schools in Washington
DC, Maryland, and Virginia. This is the fifth year of the competition and was held on Saturday June 10, 2017 at the
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium. Qualification began at 10:00 AM and race kick-off was at 1:00 PM. Technical
inspection and scrutineering were held on Friday June 9 from noon to 5 PM.
For this competition student teams apply engineering, science, and math principles and strategy to construct and
race battery powered electric cars. The project also helps improve their understanding of renewable energy
technologies and project management while working in a team environment. Other aspects of the program involve
marketing, PR and fundraising as well as logistics planning in preparation for the races.
Participation in the DCEVGP serves as an excellent opportunity for young men and women in high schools to better
prepare them for their college careers in science and engineering. The electric vehicles are single person,
lightweight, aerodynamic, high efficiency, electric-motor- driven vehicles with three wheels. They must meet specific
design and safety rules. They are powered by deep cycle lead acid battery packs not exceeding 33 kg (73 pounds).
The race is held on a purpose-built closed track with a minimum length of 0.25 miles. Speeds are software limited
through the controller to insure utmost safety. Teams drive their electrically powered vehicles as far as possible for
one hour on the closed loop course using only energy stored in their batteries. The winner of the DCEVGP is the
team that covers the longest distance in the allotted hour.
The organizers made arrangements with partner organizations to assist the schools with their technical, parts
sourcing, marketing, and fundraising needs. An official kit comprised of the necessary components has been
specified and sourced by NuGen Mobility at cost on behalf of the teams. This helps reduce the risk and allows the
schools to focus on the learning aspects of the project.
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Team check in: 9:00 AM
Track opens for qualification: 10:00 AM
Electric Vehicle parade: 12:15 PM
First race begins: 1:00 PM
Final heat ends: 3:45 PM
Awards Ceremony: 4:00 PM
* Lunch for teams and volunteers: 11:30 - 1:00
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