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Solar Vehicle Team preps for summer competition, displays car at local events

BOONE—Appalachian State University’s Solar Vehicle Team (SVT) will be competing in the Formula Sun Grand Prix (FSGP) July 22-28 at the Pittsburgh International Race Complex in Wampum, Penn.

View larger imageApperion, Appalachian State University’s 2016 solar vehicle, will be showcased at local and regional events in June and July before competing in the Formula Sun Grand Prix July 22-28.

Team Sunergy is working around the clock to ensure Apperion, the 2016 solar vehicle, is ready for the race. The team, led by advisors Dr. Jeremy Ferrell, Christopher Tolbert and Brad Johnson, consists of more than 20 graduate and undergraduate students majoring in a variety of programs. Over the last year, the team has built Apperion from the ground up using sustainable techniques to ensure vehicle reliability under all driving conditions.

Assistant Project Director Duvey Rudow said the Appalachian team is different in that their commitment is to sustainability. “Other teams see the race as an engineering challenge,” he said. “We see it as an opportunity to promote sustainability. We have been working for two years to get this project off the ground so we are very excited for the opportunity to compete against the other amazing teams.”

The FSGP is an international track race that evaluates vehicles through time trials, slalom, water-soaked stopping and more.

Appalachian’s SVT is the only North Carolina team in the competition and one of only two teams in the South, as they are one of the only schools in the region to have a solar team. This is the first time a North Carolina solar team will compete in this race.

Once Apperion qualifies, the team will participate in the American Solar Challenge, a grueling 1,800-mile road race from Eastern Ohio to the Black Hills of South Dakota.

See the car up close

Team Sunergy will be showcasing Apperion over the next several weeks at local events while raising funds for the upcoming trip. All members of the community are invited to learn more about Apperion and support the team.

Upcoming Events:

  • Tuesday, June 28, 5 p.m.
    Team Sunergy at the Bojangles Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway
  • Friday, July 1, 5 p.m.
    Team Sunergy at First Friday Art Crawl in Downtown Boone
  • Friday, July 15
    Team Sunergy at Music Fest ‘n Sugar Grove

The team travels to Pittsburg to begin the competition on July 21. To learn more, visit http://appstateSVT.com.

About the Appalachian State University Solar Vehicle Team

The Solar Vehicle Team, Team Sunergy, is a joint venture between the Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment in the College of Fine and Applied Arts and the Department of Physics in the College of Arts and Sciences. The team focuses on advancing the technology and application of sustainable transportation while inspiring current and future generations to strive towards a more sustainable future. To learn more, visit http://appstateSVT.com

About Appalachian State University

Appalachian State University, located in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as engaged global citizens who understand their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. Appalachian enrolls about 18,000 students, has a low faculty-to-student ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors. It is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system.

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