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Student Inventors Build Cars, Protect the Environment

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This truck is the masterpiece of a hard working group of Harnett Central High School students.
DUNN — Some area high school students are doing their part to protect MotherEarth. They're creating safer, cleaner cars out of old, rundown pieces ofjunk. In Harnett County, one group of students is about to put theirinvention 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. Yousee, it doesn't run on gas. It runs on electricity. A year ago, thetruck didn't run at all. In fact, it looked like something pulled out ofa scrap pile.

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

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

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

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

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