When James Worden came to MIT as a freshman in 1985, he'd already built a solar car. By the time he was 21, he had made 6 of the 10 working solar cars in the country. He then gathered a group of people simply interested in building solar cars. In 1988, Solectrica 5 won the American Solar Cup, form the years 1990-1994 MIT was number one in the American Tour de Sol, and in 1999 Manta GTX crossed the finish line of the BWSC in first place.
With a legacy like that, it's hard to recognize that we, as a team, don't count our success based on wins and losses. What makes our team so unique is the environment it provides. Our team is student-run, giving our members invaluable experience in project management. We are community-focused, spreading renewable energy initiatives within beyond the workshop. We focus, not on winning, but on creating a well-designed, well-engineered system, and in the process teach all members how to be better engineers. But most importantly, we are a passionate group that believes what makes our team special, is the people on it. That is who we are.
Driven by passion. Born by fire.
Solar Electric Vehicle Team At a glance
Number of Members:
- Francis Wang
- Minsu Jung
- Diane Li
- Christopher Kiel
- Cecelia Chu
- Zachary Kutschke
- Natasha Stamler
- Uyen Nguyen
- Aditya Mehrotra
The team is hard at work building Nimbus, the vehicle that will be raced in the 2020 American Solar Challenge. It will be a semi-monocoque catamaran-styled vehicle constructed out of carbon fiber composites with 4 square meters of solar panels and 20 kilograms of lithium-ion batteries.