NCSU Communications Manager Brings EcoCAR to Local News

While many are concerned with high gas prices, some students are taking the wheel to find another solution. In this Connect-A-Million-Minds report, News 14 Carolina reporter and NCSU EcoCAR 2 Communications Manager Carly Swanson shows how the team helps drive the message of sustainability.

And check out Carly’s article from the News 14 website below!

RALEIGH–The integration of electric vehicles is taking charge in North Carolina, as Raleigh will be one of the nation’s first cities to test wireless charging stations.

While many are fuming over the high gas prices, some students are taking the wheel to find another solution.

A group of North Carolina State University students are hoping the rest of the state and country catch on.

The goal of the EcoCAR2 team is to shift society into sustainability, so whenever you see N.C. State red, you go green and you reduce the environmental impact of vehicles.

“We are trying to get the public aware that electric vehicles are the next thing. The are viable for normal driving,” said N.C. State graduate student Jason Markijohn.

N.C. State University is the only North Carolina school competing in the three-year contest to design and build advanced technology vehicles.

EcoCAR2 Is established by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors and it aims to change society’s view on hybrid vehicles.

“You should have vehicles that don’t pollute and this is one way to attack that problem,” said N.C. State engineering professor Dr. Eric Klang.

N.C. State University sophomore Claire Basista said the competition lets her team to exhaust the message of sustainability.

Basista said “The main part of the competition is to convert a regular gasoline vehicle to a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle…and I usually say ‘We do that with our own hands,’ and people are like ‘What?!’”

As cleaner transportation may be automatic for some, others need a shift in the right direction.

“Our message is that sustainability is not as hard as it looks, or as technical as some people make it seem, it’s actually a lot easier and more applicable to everyday life,” said Basista.

The team is saving us all a little energy and as they prepare for final competition in May, they are attempting to take society on a road less traveled.

Well done, Carly! Way to spread the word about AVTCs to a broader audience.