October 19, 2021

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Student electric car builders compete at Frontier Park

There were no Tesla electric cars racing around Frontier Park on Thursday, but perhaps a future electric car designer was behind the wheel at the annual Kansas ElectroRally stop in Hays.

High school teams from all across the state competed at the rally. Participants designed, built and raced electric cars.

“The objective of the race is to see how many laps you can run in an hour’s time without changing batteries,” said Brian Dreiling of Midwest Energy, one of the rally sponsors. “We’re always promoting programs. This is one of the things that ties electric utilities and the schools together.”

Members of the Scott City pit crew work to change a flat tire on one of the team’s cars at Thursday’s electric car rally at Frontier Park.

The cars can reach speeds of excess of 30 miles per hour and travel 25 miles in a one-hour period, according to the rally’s website, which noted that the organization hosts competitions in which teams build lightweight and efficient electric vehicles.

Eight high schools participated Thursday, including Hays High, racing in the standard class. In addition, some experimental cars had solar panels and Fort Hays State University entered two teams in the open division.

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