The MINDDRIVE students and mentors started their new 2011 car in May.
This year’s car has expectations beyond that of last year’s car. We are building this year’s car to be “road-ready” so that we can prove that the cars that we build can actually be driven on the road just like a gas-powered car.
The car is designed to go a maximum of 60 mph and expected to drive 100 miles to the charge. We plan to take the car on a cross-country road trip from San Diego, California to Jacksonville, Florida.
Since electric cars need to be charged in order to run we plan on having our car charge for approximately 40 minutes, the trip is 2400 miles so we expect to stop at least 24 times to charge it. Student mentor Carolyn Johnson came up with a road plan for all the stops we should take during the trip down to exactly where and when. The MINDDRIVE students and mentors are building a mobile charging station that will be contained on a charge support truck.
Some of the stops that we plan to make are San Diego, California, Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona, Las Cruces, New Mexico, San Antonio, Houston, and El Paso, Texas, New Orleans and Baton Rogue, Louisiana, Gulfport, Mississippi, Mobile, Alabama, and Tallahassee and Jacksonville, Florida.
Besides trying to prove that our car can be considered “road-ready” we also want to take this trip to get the word out about our class and the reasons why we build these amazing vehicles.
Written by: I’Toya McConnell