The Methacton Electric Car Club just attended the awards ceremony for the three day competition at the Hydrogen Energy Research Center at Penn State University. Dr. Joel Anstrom, one of the research directors, is giving club members Megan Rothgeb and Kim Nguyen an award for the clubs 3rd place finish at “21st Century Automotive Challenge”. Thirteen built or manufactured cars competed at range, carbon dioxide emissions, efficiency, cargo capacity and auto cross. Methacton’s electric car the “lorax”, drove for 74 miles in one charge with an efficiency of averaging 131 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalency) taking 3rd place in the competition.
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The Electric Car Club, visited Arcola Middle School on March 31st to teach kids about the electric car and clean vehicles. STEaM day is an annual event at Arcola design to get kids interested in STEM related fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and to show how the arts can be incorporated into these jobs. The Electric Car Club spoke to seven classes and showed them the Lorax. Some lucky kids even got the chance to ride in the car.
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Ambler Savings Bank gave a check for $10,000 to the Education Foundation for the Methacton Community on Nov. 4 as a contribution to Methacton High School’s Electric Car Club, according to a media release from the bank.
The school’s car club, which began in 2001, accepts members from grades 9 through 12 and meets weekly. It is one of the educational offerings accepted by Pennsylvania for Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC) donations.
The EITC program allows businesses who donate to organizations approved by the program to write off up to 90% of the donation in tax credit form. In participating, the business must also make a two-year commitment to the organization.
“We are a community bank and want to support the local schools and student learning through innovative programs such as the Electric Car Club,” said Roger Zacharia, the bank’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
The club has built an electric car, which is called “The Lorax.” They recently bought a box truck that they are trying to convert to run on used vegetable oil, which is supplied by local restaurants. There is a photovoltaic array on top of the truck to be used to charge the club’s electric car and the displays in a mobile classroom. The truck will also be used as a mobile classroom to teach the public about alternative energy sources.
For further information about the Electric Car Club, visit methactonecc.org.
Ambler Savings Bank has its headquarters in Ambler, PA, with locations in Fairview Village at 3009 West Germantown Pike in Worcester, and locations in Limerick and Schwenksville. For further information, visit http://www.amblersav.com.
Photo caption: (from left to right) Ambler Savings Bank Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Roger A. Zacharia, Methacton High School Teacher and Electric Car Club Advisor Steve Savitz, Education Foundation for the Methacton Community President Mark Constable; and members of the MHS electric car club, including Max Willcox, SaiArvind Ganganapalle, David Besley, Neel Mehta, Shayan Farmand, Nick Biglin, Amanda Amornwichet, and Megan Rothgeb.
(Taken from Lower Providence Patch)