Students Podium Finish for Electric Vehicles

Filed under News ~ by Press on  28 Aug 2012

High school students from across the region participated in the Electric Vehicle Prize Schools component of the Hunter Valley Electric Vehicle Festival.

After months of building their own electric bike with assistance from their teachers, 18 teams competed in an Endurance Race at Cameron Park Kart Raceway.

The mission was to see how far each bike could travel in 90 minutes before their charge ran out.

Hunter Christian School won with a total of 43 laps, narrowly beating the reigning school champions Belmont Christian College, whose Team 2 and Team 1 offerings were second and third respectively.

During qualifying, Belmont Christian College Team 2 took pole position, with a lap time of 1 minute, 29 seconds, reaching a top speed of 42.68 km/h.

Dr Gary Ellem, Festival Convenor from the host organisation The Tom Farrell Institute, said students’ accomplishing these results demonstrates that this is just the beginning in skills development of an electric industry in the Hunter Region.

For so many school students to come together and demonstrate their capabilities, it really shows that that this is what people want to support and get involved in,” Dr Ellem said.

With the amount of spectators tripling from last year to around 1000 people, this event and this region are garnering a lot of support for electric vehicle innovation and skills development through educational institutions.”

Even politicians were in on the action with Member for Newcastle, Tim Owen MP, test driving one of the locally made Catavolt Electric Superbikes on Sunday.

This is an indication that the festival is gaining a lot of interest from various parties, with more entries than last year in the Open Endurance Class, Demonstration Class, Dual Seat Endurance Class and Superbike Time Trial.

For more information regarding the event, visit

For a list of results from each Class, refer to our Facebook page at

To enjoy Bill Collison’s Flickr Photostream of the event, visit

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