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Student Inventors Build Cars, Protect the Environment

Posted December 2, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— Some area high school students are doing their part to protect Mother Earth. They're creating safer, cleaner cars out of old, rundown pieces of junk. In Harnett County, one group of students is about to put their invention to the test.

It looks like a truck and runs like a truck, but it's not your normal truck.

"This is four batteries in the front," explains senior David James. "Over here is the auxiliary battery which runs the headlights, windshield wipers, reverse lights..."

The array of batteries surrounding the truck aren't just for show. You see, it doesn't run on gas. It runs on electricity. A year ago, the truck didn't run at all. In fact, it looked like something pulled out of a scrap pile.

The amazing thing is that the truck was put together by Harnett Central High School students. It may seem like any other car or truck on the road, but the real difference is when you step inside and hear how quiet it is when it takes off.

That alone has turned this truck into a winner. It took best overall in a state meet last spring, and it's moving on to an international competition for battery operated cars.

It's an unbelievable invention that could help save the environment, and perhaps help the Harnett Central students drive home with another trophy.

Car Clubs from Harnett Central, North Johnston and Northampton High Schools will compete for trophies and titles next weekend. The cars at the Electric Vehicle International Challenge in Florida will be judged on design, speed, performance and handling.