Clean Coalition partners with CalSol
Founded in 1990, CalSol’s approximately 50 student members design and build solar vehicles capable of traveling at highway speeds.
Electric vehicles (EVs) represent a key component in the Clean Coalition’s vision for a 21st century power system. EVs can act as a combination of distributed energy storage and demand response – responding to real-time pricing signals to charge during hours of low demand or high supply and dispatching energy to the grid when desirable to address high demand.
With that in mind, the Clean Coalition is pleased to be an official partner of CalSol – a University of California, Berkeley student team also rethinking the future of transportation. Founded in 1990, CalSol’s approximately 50 student members design and build solar vehicles capable of traveling at highway speeds.
CalSol hopes to build upon a highly successful 2012, in which their latest vehicle, named Impulse, placed 4th in the nation at the American Solar Challenge and was the first CalSol vehicle to race in Australia for the World Solar Challenge. Currently, CalSol is designing Zephyr – the team’s 8th vehicle and its first four-wheeled project in over a decade. Zephyr will be completed this year and race in the 2014 American Solar Challenge.
“We are intrinsically motivated to make this project successful,” said Arjan Sidhu, CalSol’s Business Team Leader. “Each student volunteers time outside of rigorous class schedules to work on the vehicle. Passion for energy efficiency and renewable energy truly powers CalSol.”
For more information about CalSol, visit http://calsol.berkeley.edu/index.php.