Educating the Public, One Car at a Time
The Methacton Electric Car Club’s projects include the Lorax , a fully-electric and solar-powered kit car, and the boxtruck (an old snack truck we converted to run on biodiesel or vegetable oil)! As of November 5, 2015, we recently installed solar panels on the boxtruck. The power used from the solar panels is used to charge the batteries in the car, which makes the Electric Car Club run fully on renewable energy! Additionally, we installed batteries in our newly acquired 1994 Ford Ranger (pictured below)!
We use the cars and the trucks to educate students and adults alike about renewable energy. There are many demonstrations in our box truck such as a bike that lights lightbulbs based on how hard one pedals, environmentally themed computer games, and an interactive display that tests people’s abilities to recognize recyclable items.
Go to Media(News) to see the activities that ECC participates in each year. One important event to highlight is Penn State’s Race for the 21st century, an automotive competition for alternative energy vehicles. We have consistently placed in the top 3 every year! Check Awards to learn more.
Last but certainly not least, ECC would not be here were it not for our many sponsors! A complete list of sponsors is found here.
Our Electric Car, the Lorax!
Our Boxtruck that runs on vegetable oil!
Our 1994 Ford Ranger! As of 2016, we inserted batteries in it and converted to an electric vehicle!