Electric race cars tested in Redmond, Wash.
An electric-powered formula race car went through its paces at the hands of University of Washington students this week.
Terex Aerial Work Platform employees, and a few University of Washington engineering students, spent a rain-soaked few hours at the company's Redmond headquarters on Tuesday, putting the students’ battery-powered formula race car through its paces.
The car, developed partly through a grant from Terex (amount undisclosed), is a conversion of a previously existing gas-powered UW race car.
Powered by 111-volt lithium polymer battery packs, the car can accelerate to 60 miles an hour in 4 seconds and can hit a top speed of 85 miles an hour, said Terex spokeswoman Melinda Zimmerman-Smith.
For Terex, a reason for sponsoring the car is to gather more data for the company’s own project of improving the technology for its battery-powered and hybrid-power aerial lifts.
“We sponsored the vehicle in the fall, and gave the students some funds to develop the car,” Zimmerman-Smith said. “In turn, they were gong to test out battery technology because we use lead acid batteries, and they were testing lithium polymer batteries.”
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