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Students Build Electric Cars

EUGENE, Ore. — Students from Willamette High School will be showcasing some of their motor skills in the Eugene Celebration Parade.

Students in the Electrathon Car Program have been working on electric vehicles for the event, and after the parade, they will host races with other schools. High school senior Alexander Clark says that while it may look like fun and games, there’s actually a lot of work that goes into the cars.

“There’s a lot of math involved in what we do,” says Clark. “If that’s not right, the car’s not going to perform right. So you have to make sure that all your stuff is spot-on so that you do good in the races.”

The cars are powered by 73 pounds of standard lead acid batteries. The students race them to see which ones can travel the farthest in one hour.

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