The Power Drive Program® debuted during the 1998-99 school year under the leadership of Omaha Public Power District (OPPD). It is now run by the schools EVERON – Electric Vehicle Energy Research of Nebraska.
The Power Drive Program encourages interest in energy-related and automotive-related industries. Power Drive brings a practical focus to students’ math, science and/or vocational education. During the course of a school year, students design and construct a safe, energy-efficient electric vehicle that they showcase during a series of rallies in the spring. Students work in teams, under the direction of instructors who have been trained at Power Drive workshops.
The sponsors believe the Power Drive Program is an invaluable way to invest in the future of Nebraska and in the state’s energy future. First-time schools receive “starter kits” and the program provides mentors and technical support to the teams when needed.
Cuming County Public Power District supports this program. So far the following high schools in CCPPD service territory have or are participating in Power Drive: Bancroft-Rosalie, Howells-Dodge, Scribner-Snyder and West Point-Beemer.
For more information, visit Rally Schedule (google.com).