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E-cars ready to roll

News staff writer

March 4, 2006

An electrathon is a type of electric marathon in which the winner is determined by how far a battery-powered car can go in a certain time, with a given amount of juice. The Electrathon America circuit starts this weekend at Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC), and Hood River Valley High School’s applied engineering class is sending three of its four student-built cars to the race.

This spring marks the sixth year HRVHS students have participated in Electrathon engineering and racing. Under the guidance of instructor Jeff Blackman, each year advancements in designs and materials are made. And this year is no different.

“All three cars we are taking (to MHCC) are vastly different,” Blackman said. “It will be interesting to see which ones do the best. Kevin Dye built a car entirely on his own and personally I think it’s going to win state. His car is way beyond anything else we’ve ever done in the class.”

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