Helping Future Engineers in a Race for the Environment

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Final Goodwood 2014On Oct. 12, 2014, the Greenpower Education Trust – a U.K.-based charity aimed at advancing education in the subjects of sustainable engineering and technology to youth – held its final electrical car challenge of the year, the International Final 2014, at the Goodwood Motor Circuit in Sussex, U.K.

Cummins has been an active participant in Greenpower race events for the last five years by encouraging local schools to design, build and race electric cars. This was the inaugural international event and featured teams from the United States, Poland, Ireland, Portugal and South Africa. Cummins was invited to talk to students, teachers and parents about engineering careers and Cummins’ career opportunities.

Doug Cartwright, from Environmental Strategy and Compliance, and Henry Carr, from Cummins Turbo Technologies, presented on behalf of Cummins. Attendees also heard from the CEOs of Siemens, Prodrive and Aston Martin. Additionally, they heard from representatives from Raspberry Pi and Nissan.

The winner of the race was Black Bullet from The Weald School. The team’s car clocked in at more than 30 miles per hour with zero emissions.

“This international event was a fantastic showcase for schools, universities and companies to show what they can achieve, and included a fascinating variety of engineering approaches and solutions to the same problem,” Cartwright said. “As an event to encourage the engineers or Generation Y, it certainly hit the mark and exceeded my expectations.”

For the 2014-2015 academic year, Cummins, sponsored by the United Kingdom Technical Centre Leaders, will be coordinating race entries from 12 schools nationally. And for the first time there will be entries from teams that Cummins directly supports. Cummins Turbo Technologies in Huddersfield and Darlington Technical Operations in Darlington will sponsor teams. The design is well underway and will be built as part of the Cummins apprenticeship program.

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