Carnegie Mellon Racing accelerates toward electronic vehicles

Carnegie Mellon University’s chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), which has historically built and competed with gasoline-powered cars, is transitioning to electric vehicles (EV) in preparation for the second-annual Formula SAE Electric event in June. This event is the newest division in SAE International’s Formula SAE competition. According to the Formula SAE website, a team of mostly undergraduate engineering students must “conceive, design, fabricate, develop and compete with small, formula-style vehicles” before the competition date in June. The students will act as contractors and build their car according to a fictional customer’s specifications. At the event, they will be awarded points based on their design, cost, and business plans as well as the vehicle performance.