Solar-Charged Electric Vehicles to Compete in 2012 Baja 1000

By · August 01, 2012

Sun Cup

This November, electric vehicle will go head-to-head against the fossil-fueled competition in the world's most grueling automotive race: the SCORE Baja 1000.

Some call it the most challenging automotive race in the world. Officially, it's called the SCORE Baja 1000 and at this year's running on Mexico's Baja California Peninsula in November, the Baja 1000 in Mexico, teams will field vehicles in a new category: solar-powered electric vehicles.

Organizer SCORE and Redstone Energy Group aim to unite the brightest minds in the electric vehicle and solar technology fields. These individuals will work with racing teams to develop what's referred to as an EVPV or a Baja race vehicle with battery charging provided by solar power. The EVPV will be entered in the Baja 1000 category of Sun Cup. The race organizers hope that the challenge will serve as a catalyst for developing the clean technologies of the future and, in turn, reduce the US' dependence on fossil fuels.

"The goal is to apply technology and ingenuity, at which our nation excels, to create world-changing results," said SCORE president and CEO Sal Fish. "By demonstrating that the technology can maneuver the rugged terrain of an off-road racecourse for 1,000 miles, this will show the world that this technology is more than ready for use in typical urban commuter settings," added Sun Cup Challenge and Redstone Energy Group co-founder, Rick Skelton.

Cole Walker, co-founder of Redstone, added, "If an electric car powered by the sun can cross the 1000 mile desert, it can get you to the office."

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