Friday, September 7, 2012

Local High School Students and Discovery Place Convert '92 Mustang to Electric Vehicle

Students from Charlotte's Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology and Greensboro's McMichael High School converted a standard 1992 Ford Mustang to a street legal, full-sized electric vehicle during the week of the Democratic National Convention. Working with the national Electric Vehicle ("EV") Challenge program and educators from Discovery Place, the students converted the vehicle over a four-day period in the Mayor's Legacy Village, kicking off the conversion during CarolinaFest.

The vehicle was completed, driven to Discovery Place and plugged into the electric vehicle charging station located in the Museum's Parking Deck on Friday morning.

Since 1995, the EV Challenge has been providing a unique opportunity to engage high school students with a hands-on, real world solution to national transportation problems. Any vehicle using electricity as either its primary fuel, or in collaboration with a conventional engine to help improve its efficiency, can be referred to as an electric drive vehicle. With President Obama's goal of one million PEVs on the road in the United States by 2015, commercial and consumer plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) will become increasingly more available in the next few years.

Coordinated by Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition and Centralina Council of Governments, the EV Challenge was hosted by Discovery Place as part of the Museum's ongoing efforts to help students of all ages understand how to use science to solve real-world problems. Planning for the exhibit was supported by Advanced Energy, Ampmobile Conversions, the North Carolina Plug‐In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Taskforce, NC State University and the Advanced Transportation Energy Center (ATEC).

About Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition
The Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition (CCFC) has been in existence in the Greater Charlotte Region for over 10 years and was designated in April of 2004 as a US Department of Energy Clean Cities program. The Coalition is made up of local, regional, and state government agencies, private companies, non-profit organizations, and interested individuals who are dedicated to reducing petroleum dependence, improving air quality, and expanding alternative fuel use and technology. For more information

About Discovery Place
One of the top hands-on science museums in the nation, Discovery Place provides ever-changing, entertaining facilities that engage people in the active exploration of science and nature. The Museum brings relevant, contemporary science to life through groundbreaking exhibitions, interactive educational programming and hands-on activities. Nearly a half-million people from all over the United States engage with Discovery Place and its IMAX® Dome Theatre each year.
Discovery Place is located in uptown Charlotte at 301 N. Tryon Street. Convenient parking is available in the Museum's parking deck – the Carol Grotnes Belk Complex – at the corner of Sixth and Church Streets. For more information about Discovery Place, call 704.372.6261 x300, visit or connect with Discovery Place on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Discovery Place Inc. owns and operates Discovery Place, Charlotte Nature Museum and Discovery Place KIDS and is supported, in part, with funding from the Arts & Science Council.