• KU Solar Car

Beginning of Fall Semester 2019 Update

Updated: Sep 16, 2019

Happy fall 2019 semester everyone! We are glad to be back and better than ever with a ton of new team members. Sponsors and new members alike, welcome to our team, this our update on our 2019 summer progress and what the plan is going forward into the fall semester.

KU Solar Car Members [from left to right] Zachary Hall, Hayden Barnes, and Bennett Vavak
KU Solar Car Members [from left to right] Zachary Hall, Hayden Barnes, and Bennett Vavak recruiting at Hawkfest

Summer 2019 Progress Update

During the summer, we worked to progress the team’s overall organization going forward into the fall semester. Our executive team cleaned up the budget plan to set a new goal that is significantly less than the previously expected. The KU Solar Car executive team also instituted a new plan for the team’s project management with guidance from Rebecca Schmidt, a Business Developer at Black and Veatch. Our team also went to FSGP 2019 to network and gained more knowledge from other teams.

2019 Battery Pack Design
2019 Battery Pack Design

During the summer, design and funding were our two most prominent goals, and we achieved both. The electrical sub-team worked to finalize the car’s battery design. We received design expertise and advice from mechanical engineers from Spear Power Systems as well as advice on cell preparation methods.

The mechanical sub-team over the summer worked to secure a quote for the chassis and got it. The business sub-team worked with the executive team to secure significant funding from the school, and we cannot wait to introduce all our new sponsors.

Fall 2019 Plan

Our plan for the fall semester is much of a continuation of work we started on in the summer.

The mechanical sub-team is working on finishing up the rear and front suspension and the integration with the motor. A design freeze will happen in October and manufacturing for the chassis and suspension will start in November.

The electrical sub-team will be doing some finishing touches to the battery pack design and power distribution systems and manufacture the battery pack mid-October. They will also be building a test bench of all of their electrical components together.

The KU Solar Car team plans to finish our car’s complete and whole design, secure the rest of the necessary funding needed, program the car, and begin manufacturing of the battery pack and chassis.

// Hayden Barnes // KU Solar Car Business Lead

Also check out this article that the Lawrence Journal World wrote about us if you are interested to learn more:

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