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DECEMBER 2020


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EVOLOCITY MAGAZINE

Contents 7

CEO UPDATE

10 SCHOOLS UPDATE 13 waikato/BAY OF PLENTY finals 16 Canterbury regional finals 18 evnex x evolocity 21 auckland regional finals 24 ara ake JOINS US TO LAUNCH TARANAKI 28 unique opportunities at university of auckland 30 bridgestone charges ahead 34 taking science outside the classroom 37 nationals results 44 national leaderboard 54 why orion supports evolocity 56 uc researching to future-proof nz electrical grid W W W . E V O L O C I T Y. C O . N Z 3


- Les Black, National Schools Manager

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As electric vehicle adoption takes over in NZ, our EVolocity members are having fun, working with friends to create and race their own EV. The outcomes are certainly exciting and the development of skills and knowledge in mechanical, software and electronics engineering are important for our economy.


WELCOME TO ISSUE SIX

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EVolocity

is

delighted

to

announce that we have a new CEO, Sarah Fitzgerald! After two years with EVolocity, our outgoing CEO Debbie Baker has moved on and Sarah, an experienced renewable energy sector leader, has stepped into the role. Sarah has spent the last few months getting to know EVolocity as

the

Auckland

Regional

Coordinator and is excited about the prospect of taking EVolocity to new heights over the coming years. Sarah comes with extensive experience in communications, operations and events in the clean tech sector, and combined with her commitment to youth development, education and the non-profit sector, this sets her up well to lead EVolocity in 2021 and beyond. Kind regards, The EVolocity team

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CEO UPDATE

FROM THE CEO Introducing our new CEO Sarah Fitzgerald!

Wow! What a year it’s been. Amid

We

the

the huge contribution made from

challenges

students

and

and

disruptions

teachers

worked

would

like

to

acknowledge

our learning partners and thank

incredibly hard to successfully finish

our

their vehicles in time to showcase

makes our program happen. We

them at regional finals across the

greatly appreciate your generosity,

country. Our students showed great

commitment and vision in helping

resilience

develop

and

determination

to

sponsors

New

whose

support

Zealand’s

next

complete EVolocity’s program and

generation of engineers, innovators

we are very proud of them all.

and technology entrepreneurs.

Judges and spectators were treated

Have a wonderful Christmas break

to a diverse and eclectic array of EVs

with friends and family and bring on

this year, not to mention fast! by our

2021. I look forward to seeing you all

talented students and I can’t wait

very soon.

to see the amazing creations our students design next year.

Warm wishes, Sarah


A massive thank you to our fantastic sponsors - we couldn’t do it without you!


SCHOOLS

NATIONAL SCHOOLS MANAGER

Interested in taking part in EVolocity’s programme? Click here to register your

Les Black gives us an update on all things EVolocity.

school!

Well, 2020 has been a disrupted and

While COVID lockdowns cost schools

in all events at their regional final.

difficult year! An upside is that we

at least 25% of their effective teaching

Perseverance

have generated lots of resources for

time, and students were under severe

been very effective in bringing a

future teams and have experienced

time pressure, the Regional race days

number of entries together quickly.

online tutoring. Students must have

again revealed the creativity of our

Judging by the productivity of ‘last

been swamped with virtual lessons

young people. Frenetic last minute

minute’ efforts – all we need to do

as many have commented that

efforts have seen machines pulled

is hold a few ‘last minute’ building

they prefer face to face sessions

together in record time. At the Air NZ

sessions and completion rates will

where

soar!

and

industry

have

learned.

scrutineering workshop in CHCH on

Perhaps 2021 could see a mixture of

13 October, I saw a pile of parts that

approaches, but importantly we are

was apparently a cart transformed

We have now held all regional

now in a better position to support

into a ‘Thomas the tank Engine’ in 3

finals; Waikato – Bay of Plenty on

our teams in the future.

weeks. It was also very competitive

Friday 16/10, Nelson Thursday 29/10,

possible.

Lesson

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Canterbury Sunday 1/11, Auckland

Flashback

skills, coordination, acceleration and

on Sunday 8/11 and Wellington –

A delightful feature of the Canterbury

manoeuvrability. Teams that took the

Manawatu on Wednesday 11/11.

Regionals was the involvement of

opportunity to practice beforehand

As anticipated, numbers have been

NZ’s own electric vehicle pioneer

were gained an advantage.

down due to non-completions, with

Kay Edgecumbe. In the ‘70s Kay

the most severely affected regions

designed and built several full electric

Innovation

being

and

trucks (NEEV brand) and can claim

This year we have again seen a

Nelson. Even in regions of low

bragging rights over Elon Musk as he

high degree of innovation in teams

turnout we did manage to get

developed a fully electric sports car

ranging from a beautifully crafted

scores to place teams that turned

with gull wing doors! The enterprising

wooden

out onto the National Leader board.

engineer has been associated with

GHS, to vehicles constructed from

Presently, teams are eagerly await

the Hornby HS team throughout this

composites

the publication of national placings

year. He loved our competition and

novel themes from Hillmorton HS

on December 7th. We have been

claimed race day to be “The best day

and a cart from Waimea C that had

grateful to Kartsport centres for their

of my life”. At the prizegiving, Deni

‘fly by wire steering’ system and a

cooperation in providing venues for

Archer interviewed Kay to seek his

hub motor they had constructed

almost all regions. While they are well

thoughts on EVs in NZ. He is a keen

themselves.

suited to our competition Auckland

follower of the development of EVs

was hosted at Whenuapai Airbase.

and was delightfully engaging in the

The hub motor was designed and

The cooperation of the RNZAF was

interview. Well done Deni!

plasma cut by the team who then

Wellington-Manawatu

vehicle

from

from

Westlake

Mahurangi

C,

patiently wound 165m of copper wire

most generous and the associated displays and tours provided interest

Changes to events

into their 22 pole, 3 phase motor.

and entertainment. We are indebted

While the promised new timing

They have pledged to perfect the

to both Kartsport and RNZAF staff for

system

Race

control system and hope to threaten

their support. Despite all the setbacks

unfortunately had to be put on hold

EVolocity’s speed record. Time will

this year, teams have been upbeat

because of delays in parts from Asia,

tell, but the design and build were

and have voiced commitment to

we should have this sorted and tested

certainly impressive.

increased

for next year. Comments on the new

numbers

outcomes in 2021.

and

better

for

the

Drag

Gymkhana have been positive and it

National Awards

thought to be a good test of driving

Originally, it was planned to hold a

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streamed presentation of the awards

inspired and encouraged teams to

hard for the organisation and have

with 3 main centres hosting local

maintain momentum throughout a

moved on to full time positions. We

teams and those distant from the

trying year.

hope the new jobs challenge your talents and are enjoyable.

main centres connected by Zoom. Tight finances have unfortunately

It is especially sad to announce the

With the start of NCEA almost

altered

national

Levinia Paku out coordinator in

upon us, Xmas isn’t far away (only 15

winners will now be announced

Waikato is leaving. Levinia has held

working days!) and 2020 almost over.

via Facebook Live at 7.30pm on

the position since EVolocity started in

It is time to thank all of you for your

Monday evening 7th December. All

the Waikato and has done a fantastic

contributions and wish you a happy

certificates and awards will be sent

job in organising the region and

Xmas and a relaxing break. We will

the same day to the teachers of the

supporting students. I understand

press the reset button for 2021, and

winning teams.

that she wont totally disappear

hope the new year brings about a

but will be keeping ‘an eye on her

safer, less challenging environment

Thanks

baby’ from her new position at the

with

As the year draws to a close I would

University of Waikato. Special thanks

EVolocity entries!

like to acknowledge the work of

Levinia and best wishes for the new

Regional Coordinators. They have

position.

our

plans

and

even

more

enterprising

Take care Les Black

worked hard to keep our students connected, support their progress

We would also like to thank Sharn

and ensure that as many vehicles as

Cassady (Manawatu Coordinator) and

(EVolocity:

possible were ready to compete in

Debbie Baker (CEO and Wellington)

manager for schools)

Regional finals. We are also grateful

for the commitment and enterprise

to teachers and parents who guided,

they offered EVolocity. Both worked

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national

programme


ready, set, go - waikato/ bop regional finals Words by Jessica Wilkes

CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE PHOTOS!

It was a glorious day in Hamilton

off road turns, a flipped kart and

recycled material obtained from the

as teams from Waikato and Bay of

much

refuse station.

Plenty arrived to demonstrate the

Waikato promoted the electric VALE

not only picked up fastest bike at

vehicles they had been working on

motorbike showing off its speed on

37kmph but also the Show stoppers

all year. Despite the Covid impacts

the track and Dave from Electrify NZ

Award.

25 teams and over 120 students

showcased his electric scooter which

Many thanks to our sponsors for

participated in the 5th Waikato/Bay

he built.

making this day possible and special

spilt

water.

University

of

The Black hornet

thanks to Dominos for providing

of Plenty Regional final. It was encouraging to see a number

The youngest team entered won the

lunch and Graeme from the Toolshed

of entries in the Open Categories

Economy Run (Team Toru from TAM

for sponsoring the prizes for all of our

with teams challenging themselves

Robotics Club) a massive feat for our

EVolocity regional finals.

to design an optimal system. There

new comers. The use of milk bottles

was a genial atmosphere with teams

proved to be an efficient way lead

We are looking forward to 2021 and

supporting

through

Fraser high to win the Earth Care

all the new and returning teams who

the trials and tribulations of the

Award alongside Hillcrest’s open cart

will be entering.

Gymkhana including a number of

which was constructed entirely from

each

other

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SCHOOLS

Canterbury regional finals a success CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE PHOTOS!

Words by Deni Archer

It was a sunny but windy, easterly

completing their vehicles in limited

setup and takedown, and lending us

day

time, and with added pressures at

one of their electric vehicles for the

school.

week.

out with 22 teams and around

Our amazing regional sponsors were

We also had a special guest speaker

120 people attending a fun lineup

all present on the day, so a big thank

at the awards ceremony - 82 year

of events. The number of teams

you to Orion, Tait, UC Engineering

old electric vehicle pioneer Kaye

competing was actually a bit higher

and ARA Institute for your support

Edgecumbe!

than last year, and given the year

and help. ARA students were out

fascinating stories to tell us about

that we have all been dealt, this is a

in force volunteering with different

how he and a friend built some of

major achievement! Our teams and

tasks on the day. Orion went the

the first electric cars in New Zealand

teachers deserve an extra cheer for

extra mile to help, assisting with

right here in Christchurch in 1980.

(brrr!)

for

the

Canterbury

Regional Final this year! Held on 1 November, there was a good turn

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Kaye

had

some


Some of these vehicles are still

Class Cart; with Rangiora New Life

Earth Care Award went to STEAM

around today, NEEV trucks which are

School’s team Spitfire picking up the

from Hillmorton High, and The

held in Yaldhurst museum as well as

prize for standard carts.

Black Trike from St Bedes. Show Stoppers went to both STEAM from

a museum in the UK! Economy

Run:

took

from Hillmorton High.

Rangiora

students

away the standard cart award, while

enjoyed whizzing around the track

the rest of the winners were from

A shout out to our prize sponsors this

in our drag races, gymkhana agility

Burnside High - We Are Speed (std

year: The Tool Shed, Bunnings, Flip

event, and the economy run. Of

bikes), Gotta Go Fast (open bikes)

Out Trampoline Arena Christchurch,

course, most importantly a big well

and Burnside Open Class Cart.

Uprising

and

School

Hillmorton High and Steampunk

venue

events,

Life

from

KartSport was once again a fun for

New

Spitfire

Climbing

Gym,

YMCA

Adventure Centre, Surf Coach -

done to the winning teams! Controller award went to We Are

Learn To Surf, and Laser Strike

Drag races: Burnside High School

Speed from Burnside High (std

Christchurch! Lucky, lucky students!

teams We Are Speed (std bikes),

bikes) and STEAM from Hillmorton

Gilchrist Industries (std carts), and

High (std carts).

Gotta Go Fast (open bikes) took out most of the prizes, while Hornby

Innovation A went to STEAM from

High School’s Team Leadfoot took

Hillmorton High.

the prize in open carts category. Innovation B went to Gotta Go Fast Gymkhana: Once again Burnside High

were

top

performers

from Burnside High.

-

Cyberbike (std bikes), Gotta Go Fast

Show awards were both first equals:

(open bikes) and Burnside Open

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ARTICLE

evnex | evolocity 2021

Evnex is a Christchurch based technology company that helps businesses build and deploy industry leading electric vehicle charging solutions. Both a manufacturer of smart charging stations and a cloud software developer, Evnex supplies the infrastructure that runs smart grid charging services and public charging networks in New Zealand, Australia and London. Evnex is a passionate supporter of EVolocity, with founding members Ed Harvey and Henry Harvey having raced their converted Honda Accord sedan and Honda VFR400 motorbike against other keen EV builders in the early days of EVolocity. As a Christchurch employer of electronics engineers, software engineers and designers, Evnex is keen to see more young people learn about the huge opportunities in the EV and renewables space. We feel fortunate to be able to support EVolocity in the great work they are doing inspiring the next generation of engineers and designers. We wish this year’s contestants all the very best!

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all go at auckland regional finals CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE PHOTOS!

Words by Sarah Fitzgerald Against

the

RNZAF

Base

backdrop Auckland

the

with 250 competitors and spectators

runway

were treated to an eclectic array of

of

70 Auckland students competed

electric vehicles.

electric vehicles in Australasia. RNZAF’s Operation Tangata Kanorau Program which inspires younger

this year to showcase and test and

Adding to the excitement Kevin

children to learn about STEM was

mechanical engineering designs as

Harty of Evoke Motorcycles floored

on display providing an opportunity

well as vehicle structure and use of

his Urban Classic down the Village

to get up close and hands on with

sustainable materials.

Green to the tune of 116kmph in 6

an RNZAF training aircraft and its

seconds and guests enjoyed a tour of

Schools to Skies learning team.

their

electrical,

computer

Sponsors Bridgestone New Zealand

Air Force Base facilities by our newest

and the University of Auckland’s

sponsor JW Group and Auckland

The high calibre of entries ensured

Electrical

and

Transport in their new Yutong E13

a tight race for the top spots with

Engineering

Departments

Electric Bus, one of the largest

Whangaparaoa College, Mahurangi

Mechanical along

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College and Howick College taking out the Drag Race, Street Race and Economy Run events respectively. Mahurangi

College

teams

“Dark

Knight” and “After Burners” were awarded the Innovation Engineering Awards with honorable mention going

to

Westlake

Girls

High

School and Massey High School. Howick College took first place in the Earthcare Award featuring recycled parts and environmental considerations

while

Mahurangi’s

“After Burners” received first place in the Show Stoppers award which emphasized body design and appeal and finish quality. Guest judges for the event were Eva Hakansson, World’s Fastest Electric Motorcycle Racer and Green Envy designer,

University

of

Auckland

Engineering Departments Dr. Kevin Sowerby, Prof. Krishnan Jayaraman and Dr. Duleepa Thrimawithana, RNZAF SQNLR Rebecca (George) Magdalinos and Theo Gibson, Host and Producer of the Electric Vehicle Podcast.

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ARTICLE

Ara ake proud to partner with evolocity to launch in taranaki 2021 These

days

our

communities

are acutely aware of the need for

a

sustainable

future

country towards a more sustainable

institutions

future.

from innovation, the idea, through

through

demonstration,

and

the importance of low emission

Ara Ake is currently working on some

technologies,

the

process

establishing

the

value, to commercialisation.”

electric

interesting projects in this space.

vehicles, in achieving this. Ara Ake,

Chief Executive, Cristiano Marantes

A successful transition to this new

formerly known as the National

sees

the

paradigm requires our future leaders

New Energy Development Centre,

transition to a low emissions future.

to be part of the journey. With this in

has

such

as

Ara

Ake

accelerating

New

“I see Ara Ake as helping to identify

mind, Ara Ake has chosen to partner

Zealand government to accelerate

the issues, and then ensuring the

with EVolocity – an initiative that

the development of cutting-edge

framework and support is in place

shares our values of incorporating

energy technology to move the

to guide companies or research

these national and global trends,

been

tasked

by

the

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while

also

educating

secondary

As a recipient of Ara Ake funding,

Ara Ake is committed to ensuring

of

EVolocity is in good company. Ara Ake

the

protecting and caring for our land

was also a key sponsor for the New

successful as the rest of the nation.

and the natural world.

Zealand Offshore Wind Forum in

The

2020, as well as a partner to US-based

camaraderie,

This partnership will bring EVolocity

Elemental Excelerator which funds

and

to Taranaki in 2021 – a region that

start-ups and fledgling businesses

secondary

sits at the heart of the energy sector

who build energy solutions. As one

just their wonderful creations but

in New Zealand. This sector is a key

of the best energy accelerators in

their potential to contribute to the

contributor to the region’s economy,

the world, Elemental Excelerator

common goal of a sustainable future.

and it is important that we continue

was one of just 13 organisations from

Bring on EVolocity 2021!

to grow skills within the region

around the world to be recognised

that can adjust to the shift to clean

at the United Nations Global Climate

energy. EVolocity offers just that.

Action Awards in October 2020.

students

on

the

importance

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Taranaki

programme

culmination resilience

of

is

as

innovation,

determination, will

ensure

our

students

unveil

not


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ARTICLE

University of Auckland Formula SAE team gives students unique engineering opportunities The University of Auckland’s Formula

Both initiatives give students a

students as they begin their careers.

SAE (FSAE) team serves the same

chance to grow their engineering

For example, Mechatronics graduate

purpose for our students as EVolocity

skills in a practical environment

Michael Rasmussen cites his FSAE

does for school students. Team

outside

members get a chance to design,

as

build and race a one-off electric vehicle, with the only real difference

working in a team of different skill

roles.

being the greater scale and more

sets. The experience of working in

advanced technology in the FSAE

a team like this has been a great

“FSAE became one of the highlights

car.

stepping stone for some of our

of my time [at university]. Not only

the

as

well

experience as an important step on

familiar

with

his journey to becoming an engineer

managing long-term projects and

in a range of motorsport-related

getting

classroom, them

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did I make some great friends, but

student looking for extracurricular

whole business operates,” she said.

I

connections

and leadership opportunities. Her

“They’ve got so much knowledge

with the motorsport industry, and

experience with the team made

over just so many different areas

got

made

invaluable

with

her a deserving recipient of the

of the car, from the aerodynamics

motorsport electronics that I could

Bruce McLaren Automotive Award,

through to the electrical side.”

not have got anywhere else in New

which saw her intern at McLaren

Zealand to the same quality. Not

Automotive in the UK and see what

Each year, students like Michael and

everybody can say they helped make

it’s like to be an engineer at the

Lizzy do exactly what all the students

four race cars whilst at university!”

highest level.

in EVolocity do; design and build an

Former FSAE Team Leader Lizzy

“It was really good for learning about

skills that will set them up for a

Grant was drawn to the team when

the different types of engineering

career in engineering.

she toured their workshop as a school

you can go into and just how the

first-hand

experience

electric vehicle while developing

READ LIZZY’S STORY HERE READ MICHAEL’S STORY HERE

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article

Bridgestone charges ahead with ev tyre solutions

Proud EVolocity sponsor, Bridgestone

ENLITEN tyre technology for the

range for battery powered vehicles.

has revealed global developments

launch of its highly anticipated new

Bridgestone has also been chosen

that will continue to support the

electric car, the ID.3.

as the tyre supplier to a new electric

progression

of

electric

truck start up company, Volta. The

vehicle The

technology into the future.

environmentally

friendly

Scandinavian

company

plans

to

ENLITEN technology differs from

introduce the world’s first purpose-

Around the world, an incredible

the

built fully electric 16-tonne truck

amount of research and development

significantly

into new electric vehicles is being

construction,

undertaken - with all major car

the same wear life and handling

manufacturers focused on rolling

characteristics.

conventional less

tyre

by

material

while

using in

its

providing

called the Volta Zero, designed for inner-city freight deliveries. The

development

upcoming

out hybrid or fully electric variants of

electric

of

tyres

vehicles

for is

a

their existing model line-up, as well

As well as using less material, the

core example of how Bridgestone’s

as introducing new electric vehicles

ENLITEN technology demonstrates

Corporate

to their range.

up to 30 per cent lower rolling

commitment, known as Our Way to

resistance than a conventional tyre,

Serve, underpins its business and

resulting in less fuel consumption

product decisions.

This

year,

Bridgestone

has

announced it will supply Volkswagen

and

with

powered

a

ground-breaking

new

lower

emissions

vehicles,

and

for

Social

Responsibility

petrol

increased

Through

Our

Way

to

Serve,


Bridgestone aims to enhance the

and development process, in which

has also continued to innovate and

way people live, move, work and

Bridgestone invests close to NZ$1

supply teams with Ecopia with ologic

play with a focus on three priority

billion

the

tyres as a real world testing platform

areas:

the

company aligns closely with car

for new tyre technology for the

environment. The development of

makers to develop innovative new

future.

technology such as ENLITEN is a

products.

mobility,

people

and

every

year

globally,

demonstration of how the company

To learn more about Bridgestone’s

is supporting the enhancement of

In an exciting collaboration with

Our Way to Serve platform, which also

mobility solutions while reducing

BMW, Bridgestone was tasked with

underpins its EVolocity partnership,

impact on the environment.

engineering a new tyre concept for

click here.

the i3 electric vehicle and introduced Bridgestone

has

been

at

the

forefront of low-rolling resistance

EP500, featuring Ecopia with ologic technology.

tyre technology since the launch of its Ecopia range in 2012. The fuel

Ecopia

saving concept saw customers of all

was

with

segments benefit, from passenger

involvement in the world’s foremost

cars to SUVs, and right through to

solar car challenge, the biennial

truck fleets.

Bridgestone World Solar Challenge.

born

ologic

through

technology Bridgestone’s

As the naming rights partner of Through

the

extensive

research

the event since 2013, Bridgestone

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ARTICLE

taking science outside the classroom brings success Republished from Education Gazette

At the suggestion of science teacher

attention on climate change and

five with a donation from local

Athol

students

sustainability it was a good project

company Computer Sense. From

began

for us. One of the reasons we did

there PowerCo donated an inverter,

investigating how New Plymouth

it was to show people how they

which allows teachers and students

Girls’ High School could generate its

can

to monitor electricity generation.

own sustainable energy for use in

sustainable future.”

Hockey,

Breanna

Year

and

13

Jessica

contribute

towards

a

more

electric vehicles (EVs).

“That is really helpful, more people

The students won several science

Jessica had also previously studied

can get educational benefit from

solar panels at intermediate.

it.” And there’s now even enough

fair prizes and awards for the project, which

involved

monitoring

the

electricity being generated to charge Athol,

who’s

enjoying

using

his

some teachers’ EVs, should they wish

energy generation of solar panels

master’s degree in environmental

and two types of wind turbines. They

education

recorded the voltage, current, power

modest about his contribution but

Jessica

and accumulative energy over seven

encourages other teachers to keep

opportunity to develop a project

weeks while also gathering weather

giving students ideas.

away from the classroom. “You can

in

the

classroom,

data. Their

to plug in.

is says

they

enjoyed

the

follow your own method on where project

stemmed

from

“I’m blown away by what these girls

you are going to take a project

a

achieved. Obviously, I gave them

without having guidelines.”

the

a bit of help in the beginning and

sustainable charging of batteries for

was able to use some funding to get

The

the EVolocity competition.

them set up, but once they got the

interesting findings were that hotter

opportunity, they got stuck into it.”

temperatures reduced the energy

concurrent

Breanna

project

says

opportunity because

involving

they

took

suggested

they’re

by

the Athol

interested

in

much

coverage

their

most

output of solar panels, and that Community and business support

converting to solar panels is more

A key part of the success of the

affordable than they expected.

the community for support. What so

say

project was Athol reaching out to

sustainability and science. “With

students

and

started as one solar panel became

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2020 national finals results

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fastest in drag race (350w bikes) Butter Chicken of Whangaparoa College

fastest in drag race (350w CARTS) Mario of Howick College

fastest in drag race (open class - bikes) Gotta Go Fast of Burnside High School

fastest in drag race (open class - CARTS) Iron Maiden of ĹŒtaki College

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Best in Gymkhana (350w bikes) Reddan Rocks of Queen Elizabeth College

Best in gymkhana (350w carts) Spitfire of Rangiora New Life School

BEST IN GYMKHANA (open class - BIKES) E = MC Hammer of Mahurangi College

BEST IN GYMKHANA (open class - carts) Dark Knight of Mahurangi College

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Best economy run (350w bikes) Electrify of Mount Maunganui College

best economy run (350w carts) Team Toru of TAM Robotics

best economy run (open class - bikes) Connor of Fraser High School

best economy run (open class - carts) Burnside Open Class Cart of Burnside High School

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best controller performance (350w bikes) We Are Speed of Burnside High School

best controller performance (350w carts) Stacey of Fraser High School

most innovative use of sensors and display of performance metrics STEAM of Hillmorton High School

Most innovative engineering Fantail Go of Waimea College

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earth care award Thunderbirds of Howick College

Show award (first equal) STEAM of Hillmorton High School

Show award (first equal) Steampunk of Hillmorton High School

Best report Afterburners of Mahurangi High School

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Top team 2020 Gotta Go Fast of Burnside High School

Make your marque award Dalma Temizsoy of Westlake Girls High School

Outstanding contribution award Duleepa Thrimawithana of University of Auckland

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NATIONAL LEADERBOARDS - DRAG RACE


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NATIONAL LEADERBOARDS - GYMKHANA


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NATIONAL LEADERBOARDS - ECONOMY RUN


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NATIONAL LEADERBOARDS - ALL OTHER AWARDS


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E2 - Experience Engineering at the University of Waikato 28-29 April 2021, Hamilton Campus Curious about a career in Engineering? We’re offering free workshops during the April 2021 school holidays for high school students in years 10-13. Held in our labs and led by academic staff this is an opportunity to get hands-on with robotics, structural design and natural materials. To register your interest, click on the link below or email: experience-engineering@waikato.ac.nz

Register Here

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SCHOOLS

Why does Orion support EVolocity?

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People often ask us why Orion

New Zealand needs to reduce our

we’ve installed a network of electric

supports EVolocity.

CO2 emissions by around 31 million

vehicle chargers around our region.

tonnes, or around 30-35 per cent, in

We want to go further though. We’ve

It feels good to help others who are

order to do what is necessary to keep

set an ambitious target to reduce our

as passionate about a challenge as

the planet from warming more than

operational emissions by 50 per cent

we are – to see young people giving

1.5 degrees, with the catastrophic

by 2030.

it a go, and teaming up to overcome

consequences

a test of ingenuity and applied

transport is 14 million tonnes of

There is never one magic solution

creativity. Those skills are vital in

New Zealand’s national emissions

to what is a complex problem. But

our industry, and we hope we’re

and to stay within 1.5 degrees we’ll

each of us talking a step, small or

fostering future talent in electrical

need most people driving around in

large, to tackle it is a step in the right

engineering.

electric vehicles.

direction.

Helping young

EVolocity demonstrates that young

Through EVolocity, we are proud and

people to realise the possibilities of

people have a fantastic capacity to

encouraged to see so many young

a future without using fossil fuels

solve problems. If one of our EVolocity

people rallying to the challenge,

for transport is our greatest hope for

team members turns out to be the

and applying their passion, problem

everyone taking part. It’s the purpose

next Elon Musk, that’s great. It’s

solving skills, and resolve to ensuring

for our involvement.

equally great if one convinces their

the future of our planet.

But that’s not all.

that

brings.

Road

parents to buy a second-hand Nissan New Zealand is facing a big challenge

leaf as the next family car.

Thank you for allowing us to be part of it.

over the coming decade. Climate change is a crisis that calls for action

At Orion, we’re walking the talk.

that is both urgent, and game-

More than 36 per cent of our vehicles

changing.

have electric drive capabilities and

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MBIE funds $13m UC research to future-proof NZ electrical grid University of Canterbury Engineering Professor Neville Watson is leading a seven-year project to ensure modern renewable energy can be integrated into the country’s century-old electrical grid to future-proof the power supply and benefit every New Zealander.

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“This is no simple task; the electrical

these do not go far enough and we

more flexible and efficient systems

grid is humanity’s largest ‘machine’.”

must implement further initiatives

for generation, conveyance, storage

UC Engineering Professor Neville

to drastically address the impact we

and use, as well as easier integration

Watson will lead research into how

have on the environment. Many of

of

high levels of direct current from

these initiatives will require hybrid

technologies such as electric vehicles

renewable electricity technologies,

grid — a system that integrates

and battery storage.”

like solar and wind power, electric

direct current (DC) conveyance with

vehicles and battery storage, can

the existing alternating current (AC)

Professor Watson’s research team

be efficiently integrated into the

electrical network.

comprises of researchers from the

renewable

generation

and

University of Canterbury and UC’s

alternating current electrical grid. “The electrical grid which enables

EPECentre,

Professor Neville Watson, of UC’s

our

was

Group at the University of Auckland,

Electrical and Computer Engineering

conceived more than 100 years ago.

AUT, Victoria University of Wellington,

department, says:

The industrial and consumer loads

and University of Waikato, as well as

and generator technologies of the

dozens of overseas collaborators from

“The goal of the project is to develop

past were all based on alternating

leading

a more efficient and sustainable

current (AC), leading to today’s AC

organisations and companies.

electrical

easily

electrical network. However, new

renewable

generation technologies like solar

“Together, we will tackle some key

benefit

and wind power, as well as electric

challenges of the future grid and

future generations. The electrical

vehicles and battery storage all use

build technical capability across our

grid is a critical player in reducing

direct current (DC). Our appliances,

whole system, ultimately benefitting

emissions

computers,

every

grid

accommodate technologies

of

that new

which

both

can will

greenhouse

modern

way

of

life

smartphones,

heat-

gases that lead to climate change,

pumps and more, as well as common

and other pollutants. We need to

industrial loads, are also mostly

quickly adapt how we produce, use,

DC-based. Because of this, many

transport and manage energy, to

converters are needed to interface

minimise the impact we have on

generation and loads to the AC grid,

the environment. Changes have

creating inefficiency and causing

begun worldwide with initiatives to

compatibility problems.

increase renewable and sustainable of

“Conveying electrical power by DC

electric vehicles, and electrification

reduces losses and lessens voltage

of industrial processes. All these

drop. A partial transition of our

reduce fossil fuel consumption and

electrical grid to DC has many

greenhouse gas emissions. However,

technological

electricity

generation,

uptake

benefits,

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including

the

Power

universities,

New

Watson says.

Systems

international

Zealander,”

Professor


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