Power Drive

Power Drive CarThe Power Drive program gives high school students hands-on experience building a safe, energy-efficient electric vehicle. More than 50 teams are designing and building electric-powered vehicles during the school year. After building their vehicles, student drivers test their creations against other teams in several categories. Several preliminary competitions will be held this Spring, prior to the state finals. The student-built vehicles are tested for braking ability, endurance, maneuverability and overall design/construction.

Through Power Drive, vocational and science students learn:

  • practical application of math and science skills
  • automotive design, engineering and construction
  • industrial, electrical and mechanical skills
  • electric vehicle history and current technology
  • teamwork, problem solving and fun

Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) began offering the Power Drive program to high schools in its service territory in 1998. Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) became a partner in 1999 and began encouraging schools in the central and western parts of the state to participate. In addition to high schools, several Nebraska colleges have developed Power Drive teams who compete in the Exhibition Class. Programs similar to Power Drive are currently operating in 28 states.

2015 Power Drive

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Saturday
March 28, 2015

 

Cuming County Open
Cuming County Fairgrounds-West Point, Nebraska
Check In 
& Inspections -  8:00 a.m.
First Heat
 - 10:00 a.m.
Second Heat - 12:00 p.m.
Awards -  2:00 p.m.

Saturday
April 11, 2015

Big Red Invitational

East Campus -
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Check In 
& Inspections -   9:30 a.m.
First Heat
 - 11:30 a.m.
Second Heat
 - 12:50 p.m.
Awards -   2:00 p.m.

Saturday
April 18, 2015

Drive-Safe Challenge

Law Enforcement Training Center-Grand Island, Nebraska
Check In 
& Inspections -   9:30 a.m.
First Heat
 - 11:30 a.m.
Second Heat
 - 12:50 p.m.
Awards -   2:00 p.m.

Saturday
April 25, 2015

Hastings Power Drive

Motorsports Park-Hastings, Nebraska
Check In
 & Inspections -   8:00 a.m.
First Heat
 - 10:00 a.m.
Second Heat
 - 11:30 p.m.
Awards -   1:00 p.m.

Saturday
May 2, 2015

Power Drive Championships

Werner Park-LaVista, Nebraska
Check In & Inspections
 -   7:00 a.m.
Braking-Maneuverability
 -   8:00 a.m.
First Heat
 - 10:00 a.m.
Second Heat
 - 11:15 a.m.
Third Heat
 - 12:30 p.m.
Awards -   2:00 p.m.

 

For further information, contact:
Mike Teetor
Energy Efficiency Consultant
NPPD – York
Phone: (402) 362-7323
Mark Miller
Sr. Communication Specialist
NPPD – Columbus
Phone: (402) 563-5851