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Students Charged Up About Electric Cars

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WAKE COUNTY — High schoolstudents from all over the East Coast gathered in Wake County thisweekend to show off their electric cars and to compete in the 6th annualElectric Vehicle Challenge.

Students from Northern Vance High School converted an S-10 pick-up.

"It's got 16 6-volt batteries [for a total of] 96 volts. It's got a[24 horsepower] forklift motor in it, and it's been up to speeds of 72miles per hour," says student Gary West.

In this electric competition, students and cars from Washington, D.C. toFlorida are judged in a variety of categories, including function,instrumentation, safety and appearance.

Students from Enloe High say there is also a bigger purpose.

"We are going to have to find alternative forms of energy at some pointbecause oil won't last forever and battery power seems to be the way togo," says Enloe's Steve Walters.

The students at the Electric Vehicle Challenge are charged up about alearning experience that takes them out of the classroom. They are usingvolts, trying to spark a transportationrevolution.

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Mark Roberts, Reporter
Terry Cantrell, Photographer
Julian King, Web Editor

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