Iowa Electrathon car races at UNI

September 9, 2004

Patricia Higby, energy educator, Center for Energy and Environmental Education, (319) 273-6012
Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The annual Alliant Energy Iowa Electrathon Race will be Saturday, Sept. 18, at the University of Northern Iowa's B parking lot across University Avenue from the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.

This electric car endurance contest promotes energy efficiency and demonstrates the viability of cars powered by electricity. Approximately one dozen teams from Iowa high schools and colleges designed and built one-person electric cars that will compete in heats at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Each team must raise funds, obtain donated equipment, handle public relations and report on their progress monthly.

This race is part of the Alliant Energy Championship series, which includes six races taking place across Iowa. Teams are awarded points based on their performances at the six races, a braking and handling competition, monthly reports, journals and a design competition.

Teams participating in the series include those from Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School, Cedar Rapids Prairie High School, North Iowa Area Community College, St. Ansgar High School, Manson NW High School, Muscatine High School, Pomeroy-Palmer High School and Waukee High School, Lincoln SW NE, Elkhorn NE. Teams from Bayfield, Wis., and Milton, Fla., also will be participating in the event.

The local event is sponsored by Cedar Falls Utilities, and the championship series is sponsored by Alliant Energy, the UNI Center for Energy and Environmental Education and the Iowa Energy Center.