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Team of West Philadelphia Students Continues to Out-Innovate the Competition
Senator Hughes visits the West Philadelphia High School Hybrid X Team
Recently, I had the privilege of visiting the West Philly Hybrid X Team (EVX Team) who just won yet another national competition, Conrad Foundation’s Spirit of Innovation Awards, for their development of the Electric Very Light Car. The team is an incredible example of what happens when you work together with perseverance and dedication.
|EVX Team with Nancy Conrad, Chairman of the Conrad Foundation
The West Philly Team includes students from an after school program of the Academy of Automotive and Mechanical Engineering, a program of Philadelphia Academies, Inc. They are based in West Philadelphia High School, a public high school serving one of Philadelphia’s most challenged neighborhoods.
Since 1998, the EVX Team has built and raced alternative fuel vehicles, and has had great success doing so. When they entered the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association’s Tour de Sol, they outperformed university teams and production vehicles, winning the competition in 2002, 2005 and 2006. In 2007, the Team won the 21st Century Automotive Challenge.
Educators, engineers and volunteers assist the EVX Team in their endeavors and provide valuable support. In 2010, the Team created two highly successful hybrid vehicles for the Progressive Automotive X PRIZE (PAXP), a $10 million international competition to build cars that exceed 100 MPGe. Of the 111 teams originally accepted to compete in the X PRIZE, the EVX Team was the only high school chosen. While they did
not win the competition, they made it to the final 22 competitors in the semi-finals.
In 2011, the EVX GT, the sports car they built for the X PRIZE outperformed 44 other competitors, winning the Green Grand Prix at Watkins Glen. As mentioned earlier, the team also won the Clean Energy Division of the Conrad Foundation’s Spirit of Innovation Awards for their work on the Electric Very Light Car.
Earlier this year, the team’s successes raised enough attention for the team to be invited to the White House and afforded Brandon Ford, a student at West Philadelphia High School and a leader of the West Philly Hybrid X Team, the opportunity to watch the President deliver State of the Union Address alongside First Lady Michelle Obama. Ford said it was an “honor” to be sitting with the First Lady and an “overwhelming, great experience” for the high school junior.
Read full story: http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/homepage-feature/item/11875-hybridx&Itemid=1
West Philadelphia High School student Brandon Ford (far right) attends the State of the Union address
sitting in the first lady Michelle Obama's box. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
You can learn more about this talented group of students and the team they make up by going to their website: http://www.evxteam.org/. Here, you can read the student biographies, learn about the past vehicles built and follow their progress. I know you join me in congratulating these extraordinary students, and we look forward to their continued success!
Offices of State
Senator Vincent Hughes