Testing the Car


Computer Systems, Featured, General

Great execution is a result of great preparation. As the weather in Seattle gets warmer, our opportunities to experiment with the car are expanding. With spring break around the corner, we are arranging to test the car in anticipation of the race this summer. Before going to Texas in July, it’s vital that the team […]

April 11, 2021

Developing our Solar Panels


Electrical System, Featured

As we get closer and closer to our end goal of having built a functioning solar car, there is one missing piece of the puzzle that grows increasingly more apparent: How can we have a functioning solar car without solar panels? While we have made progress on this front, there is still quite a bit […]

March 5, 2021

Our Race Plan


Electrical System, Structures

There are a lot of moving parts at a race and a lot of planning that goes into traveling to Texas, but perhaps the most important variable is our race plan and the strategy that goes along with it. Logistics and travel plans are important to make sure the team arrives on time and are […]

February 11, 2021

November Team Update


Electrical System, Featured, General, Outreach

Even though the Solar Car Challenge has been delayed until next summer, we haven’t stopped working towards our goal of creating a successful, competition-ready solar car to bring to the Texas Motor Speedway in July of 2021. Over the summer, the RAHS Green Energy Team reached a significant milestone: our new solar car is now […]

November 21, 2020

Wiring up the car


Electrical System, Featured

A lot of wires are necessary to make an electric car operate – we need to connect the battery, motor controller, motor, solar panels, MPPTs (Maximum Power Point Trackers, which are used to optimize power output of the solar panels), shutoff switches, relays, and more! To safely wire everything up, we first created a detailed […]

April 23, 2019

Lighting up our system


Electrical System

As with any street legal car, there needs to be light indicators so that drivers are able to see what that car’s driver is doing. So for our car, while headlights are not necessary, stop and turn lights are required by the rules, so that our unfortunate driver doesn’t end up getting rammed for not […]

December 19, 2018