ABOUT THE EV CHALLENGE POWERED BY SYNERGY

The eV Challenge powered by Synergy is Australia's longest running electric motorsport competition, first established in 2001. The aim of the event is to have teams - mainly from high schools - design, build, test and construct a small single seat electric vehicle.

Powered by a limited battery capacity and built to a limited budget, teams try and complete as many laps of a closed course as possible in 1 hour. The eV Challenge powered by Synergy is one of Australia's premier STEM education competitions, encouraging innovative engineering in a competitive and stimulating arena.

Murdoch University (2001 - 2006)
The eV Challenge was first established back in 2001 by the Murdoch University Centre for Sustainability and tasked individuals, universities and high schools to build single seater vehicles of all shapes and sizes to compete in a 1 hour long event around a Murdoch University car park using only 432 watt-hours of Sealed Lead Acid (SLA) batteries.

Since inception, the competition has been run by an enthusiastic volunteer committee who organised the event and in the beginning, with hub motors and electric bikes not being mainstream, the eV Challenge saw a number of teams entering using wheelchair motors, land yachts and even motorised surfboards and only achieving distances of ~20 kilometers in the 1 hour.

Polytechnic West (2007 - 2010)

As more efficient and powerful motors became available, speeds started to increase until average speeds of just over 25 kilometers per hour were achieved in 2005. With a large number of entrants, a larger location was located and the event became sponsored by Polytechnic West (now Swan Tafe) in Midland.