News Release

Published on Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Western Technical College will be hosting the national competitors of a solar-powered vehicle this Friday and Saturday, July 20-21 during a pit stop in La Crosse. The public is invited to attend as the American Solar Challenge race teams arrive throughout Friday afternoon, from 1:00-6:00 p.m. in Western’s parking lot D, on the corner of 7th St. and Badger St.

Teams will display their cars, explain what they have learned, and answer questions. Also on hand will be La Crosse’s own Trane Company and Honda Motorwerks. Trane will be displaying a state-of-the-art chiller. Honda Motorwerks will showcase electric and hybrid vehicles.

On Saturday, the teams will leave from Western at 9:00 a.m. to complete the last leg in their 1,650 mile, eight-day journey.

The American Solar Challenge is a collegiate competition and race where teams of students build solar-powered vehicles and travel a pre-determined route along highways. As they navigate through hills, weather and traffic they must manage power for the solar arrays installed as the main fuel for the vehicles. The arrays consist of inter-connected photovoltaic solar cells that convert sunlight into electricity. Some cars can reach upwards of 50 miles per hour. The team that completes the route with the lowest time wins the challenge.