The eV Challenge powered by Synergy is Australia's longest running electric motorsport competition, first established in 2001. The aim of the event is to have teams - mainly from high schools - design, build, test and construct a small single seat electric vehicle. Powered by a limited battery capacity and built to a limited budget, teams try and complete as many laps of a closed course as possible in 1 hour. The eV Challenge powered by Synergy is one of Australia's premier STEM education competitions, encouraging innovative engineering in a competitive and stimulating arena. Join us!
The eV Challenge powered by Synergy includes a budget limit for school teams in Classes A & B. This limit of $1,200 does NOT include the cost of the battery, safety gear such as mirrors, a horn, or seatbelts, or items to make the car look attractive like paint or signage.
A Class A battery will set you back around $450 while a Class B/C battery (they use the same) is closer to $700. While they seem a bit pricey, well maintained batteries will last a number of years.
So overall, if you were to spend a full $1,200 on your vehicle's items which are included in the budget limit, and entered in a class with the more expensive battery, you would be looking at between $2000-2500.
However - the big bonus is the reusable nature of many of the components in an eV Challenge vehicle. Wheels, brakes, motor, as well as those items listed earlier, can be re-used into another vehicle in the future - massively reducing your costs.
Event entry costs average at $180 per vehicle. Over half of that is the cost of three CAMS Level 2 Non-Speed Junior licences for your three drivers - assuming they are under 18.
Build the vehicle and compete!