Inspiring ingenuity, sparking interest in science

What is Electrathon America?

We're an organization that provides hands on opportunities for participants to learn about STEM principles as they design and build an electric vehicle for competition. Interested in joining? Check our our join us page for more details. 

Design

Build 

Compete

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Race Time

The green flag is waved, and the race begins. The car starts with a maximum of 1000 Watt-hours of electrical energy. It's a competition of how efficiently a car and driver can travel with unpredictable traffic and a variable road course.

One hour after the green flag, the checkered flag is waved and the team car that traveled the farthest wins. 

WHAT DOES IT COST?

Electrathon America is partly funded through a modest membership fee of $30 for the first team vehicle, and $15 for each vehicle thereafter of the same team. Event entry fees range from free and up, averaging around $25.00 per car.

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The cost of vehicle parts & materials varies widely because we don't tell members what to buy. Things like frame material, system voltage, motor type, battery, etc. are up to the designer. Typical vehicle costs from new parts will likely fall between $2000 (scratch built) and $5000 (a kit). Building from used parts can save significantly. We also offer a resources page that lists companies and products to help get started.

Be a part of something great!

To minimize cost to participants, donations to Electrathon Foundation are distributed in the form of scholarships, grants, strategic events and more.

 

EVENT SCHEDULE & RACE RESULTS

Select an event to view details, including event results and host contact details.

 

If unclear, encourage the host to send us clarification to update the posting.

 

Planning an event? Improve attendance with this Early Calendar Entry Form!

TIPS for event coordinators:  communicate event details to others by sharing this page with updated events.

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BECOME AN EVENT HOST

It's easy. 

  1. Study the event host planning details in the Handbook.

  2. Complete & submit to Electrathon America at electrathonamerica@gmail.com:

  3. On event day, run the event according to the Event/Host rules section of the Electrathon America Handbook.

First time hosting? We are here to help!

WHO WE ARE

Electrathon America was first formed in California during the late 1980s as an Electric Vehicle platform to educate through hands-on design, fabrication and competition. 

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Our registered membership includes youth and adult competitors including high schools, universities, corporate teams, and individuals.

Helping Hands

Our organization is a nonprofit guided by a volunteer board of directors and officers. We are teachers, business owners, and professionals who are passionate about learning.

HOW FAST ARE THEY?

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Due to the high drag induced by small courses with tight corners, these cars may only average 15mph to 20mph. While on large speedways with wide sweeping corners, well-designed cars can average low highway speeds. The highest average speed (for 60 minutes) attained by a qualifying Electrathon America vehicle was recorded on a very efficient 3-mile tri-oval, at 62.1mph.