Waterloo Electric Vehicle Challenge
Hosted by Waterloo Engineering, the Waterloo High School Electric Vehicle (EV) Challenge encourages students to design and test their own electric car in an annual endurance competition. This year's competition took place on May 27, 2017 and features:
- Two races — for 12 and 24 volt cars — with the winner of the 24 Volt Race receiving the TADA Cup
- Dennis Weishar Engineering Design Award for excellence in Engineering design
- Toyota Fabrication & Manufacturing Award for excellence in vehicle construction.
- Interstate Batteries Rookie Team Award for the top-ranked first-year team.
Visit the Electric Vehicle Challenge
Our races are free and open to the public. For more information, see our page for visitors.
There is no cost for teams to compete at the race.
Start a team
The EV Challenge is a unique opportunity for teams to plan, design, and build their own electric vehicle. Sponsorship opportunities and advice are available for individuals looking to start a team. Find out more information about starting a team.
- Aug. 15, 2016
Join us on October 1, 2016 for the Electric Vehicle Challenge Fall Kickoff. The Fall Kickoff gives teams an opportunity to show off the program to new students and ignite their build season. The Fall Kickoff will take place at the Waterloo Region Emergency Fire Training & Research Centre.
- Dec. 2, 2015
In response to a growing number of teams, a car limit has been enacted for the 2016 competition. This consists of two parts:
- An entry limit, limiting teams to three entries each.
- A requirement that teams participate in both the 12 and 24 V races if they are using more than one entry.
Both requirements must be satisfied. Teams will indicate which entries they are using on the registration form. Teams are expected that they will notify the planning team in advance if their plans change.
- Nov. 14, 2015
As had been alluded to in the What to Expect: 2016 EV Challenge news post, the EV Challenge team has officially decided to change the 12 V race battery from the Optima yellow top D34 to the Optima yellow top SC35DA. Teams that opt to use a different brand or model may do so provided its weight is less than 36.5 lb.
- June 3, 2016
On a warm morning, May 28, nine car teams and their cheering fans assembled on UW’s East Campus for the 2016 Waterloo Electric Vehicle Challenge. Having written stories about two of the local teams, I was especially keen to see the cars again and check in with the teams from Sir John A Macdonald Secondary School and Jacob Hespeler Secondary (above, Nate piloting their car down the straightaway).
Darin White here doing a little guest blogging again on the Waterloo Electric Vehicle Challenge site. The old saying “They are all winners” absolutely applies to this event and to the teams that fielded the cars on which they’ve worked so hard throughout the school year. These high school car clubs, made possible by committed staff and keen students, offer a wide variety of hands-on learning opportunities: design and engineering, graphic design, electronics, fabrication, CAD, driving, sponsorship, teamwork, club organization, recruiting, and the list goes on. I’ve got a whole lot of photos here to walk you through the event, but if you really want to know more about this: get involved. Start a club at your school. Volunteer to mentor students. Sponsor your local team.
- May 19, 2016
Getting started can be the hardest part of any DIY endeavour. In the previous blog post, I talked about getting students involved in the EV Challenge. Today, we’re talking about getting whole schools involved. I visited rookie team Electric Warrior at Jacob Hespeler Secondary School a short twelve days before the EV Challenge race day to see how there were progressing and high-five them for starting a team.
Darin White here doing a little guest blogging again on the Waterloo Electric Vehicle Challenge site. You will definitely want to join us for race day on May 28, 2016 starting at 10:30am. We’ll all be on UW’s east campus at Columbia and Phillip Streets in Waterloo. The map, schedule and info for visitors to this free event can be found right here.
If you want to get a team started at your school, this is a great opportunity to see the cars, meet the teams and get hooked on the enthusiasm of all these makers building electric vehicles. Above (L-R) are the Electric Warriors: Faraz, Nate, Stephanie, Chantel, Mr. Ottema, Michelle, Mr. Johnson and Saxon. Monty, William and Raj on the team were away this day, so with only nine students in total you make up in commitment what you don’t have in numbers. This team formed in November 2015 and believe me: building a car with little previous experience in only six months is a big accomplishment.
- Apr. 27, 2016
They say "seeing is believing", so I thought if I shared some photos of high school students building electric cars then more students would get involved, rightly believing that they can do it, too.
Darin White here doing a little guest blogging on the Waterloo Electric Vehicle Challenge site. I'm helping Waterloo Engineering's Peter Teertstra get some more eyes on this great program. There is a ton of info on the main site, but the one thing I want you to know is that May 28, 2016 is race day. Come out to this free-no-pay event on UW's east campus at Columbia and Phillip Streets in Waterloo. Everyone is welcome. Here are details for getting there.
While races happen a few days annually, the actual building of cars progresses intensely in high schools across Waterloo Region throughout the school year. I know this from the conversations around my own dinner table because my daughter Arden is in her second year of car club at Sir John A. Macdonald Secondary School. As a maker and a parent, I see the many positive outcomes from this program. WEVC provides opportunities for design, hands-on fabrication and teamwork. It offers motivation for diving into the math and physics behind the design as well as good reasons for learning to use tools and study material science. It is applied engineering and it all starts in Grade 9.
Pictured above are SJAM Grade 9 students Livia and Helen who are test-fitting the rollbar on car #703. You can click on any of these images to enlarge them.
I dropped in for SJAM car club after classes last week. Tech teacher and car club mentor Mr. Bluemke reminded everyone about team shirts, an upcoming race in Michigan and then introduced me and my camera.