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MECC Featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer

Methacton Electric Car Club was  featured in Sunday’s  Philadelphia Inquirer Article: (1/15/2017)

Headed for Philly Auto Show, Montco students get a charge out of electric cars

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Sponsor Steve Savitz shows off the Lomax, with (in car) Amanda Amornwichet, Bryce Merrill, (from left) Jerrod Carney, Christian McIlhenny, Spencer Park, Satvik Kakkar,and Anuraag Nadkarni, at Methacton High School. (Steven M. Falk)

“With an eagerly awaited affordable Tesla on the way, 2017 may be the tipping point for an electric car revolution that seriously challenges the gas-guzzling status quo. Methacton High School, though, was way out in front of it, starting in 2002 when a local businessman donated a green, three-wheeled, plug-in novelty called a Lomax.

With that, the Montgomery County school launched the Electric Car Club. It now has two vehicles, plus a newly renovated, vegetable-oil-powered truck that uses solar energy to charge the Lomax. Bought for $400 on Craigslist, the former Tastykake truck is not only a standardbearer for renewable fuels but also is kitted out with fun exhibits to serve as a mobile classroom.

As one of the few remaining high school clubs of its kind in the region, the group has been asked to exhibit its vehicles – including a solar-powered Ford Ranger – at the Philadelphia Auto Show, from Jan. 28 to Feb. 5 at the Convention Center.”

-(Kathy Boccella, Philadelphia Inquirer)

Read the full article HERE

Methacton Electric Car Club Goes to Penn State

​​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.

Click here to learn more about the event.

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ECC goes to Arcola STEaM Day

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.

To learn more about STEaM day click here

or check out some of our photos.

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