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" 11 """ .ww mwm.m m i ... . ... j volumo 19 tssuo 22 20 fcbrucry 1991 Utah va"oy community co:!cgo . i Plastic car charges 0 to 60 on batteries Reaganspeaks VJI I MIC jJUWei VJI Rob Buchert Staff Writer 300 mpg, 0 to 60 in six seconds, 4WD, racy styling and virtual indestructibility all for less than $10,000. Unbelievable?These are just a few specifications for an 800 pound electric-commuter car, designed in the drafting department and being built by the machinist and automotive departments. "95 of traffic is commuter vehicles traveling less than 30 miles a day with one passenger," said Plott who sees his brain child as an excellent way to combat the high cost of commuting. For the cost of a gallon of gas, the car could drive from here to St. George, around 300 miles. The recharge for the 300 pounds of batteries will be done at home, overnight, from a standard house current. Solar cells mounted on the roof will charge the car while it's parked, providing an extra 50 miles of travel. With its emission-less motors "It would totally clean up the environment," said Plott. Eight electric motors (each about the size of a portable tape deck) provide 12 horse power. When combined with the light weight and aerodynamic design, they will give a top speed of 100 miles per hour on a flat road and 70 miles per hour up an eight percent grade. Each wheel will have its own transmission and two motors, providing four-wheel drive. This will give excellent traction in all weather conditions. The body is smooth and sleek, shaped for minimum drag. It's made of Lexan, a bullet proof plastic and fiber glass. "The body is made of eight moulded parts where there are over 4000 on a regu- Electricsolar car prototype details the streamlined contours which enables an acceleration of 0 to 60 in six seconds. Other features include four-wheel drive, bullet proof Lexan plastic body and simple maintenance. (Below) Rux Plott, project designer and Wendell Miller, composite class student, buff the molded undercarriage. - : 5 : r 1 P ' 1 1 r : ; t i (Right) Eight electric motors, measuring 4" x 2", rotate at 9000 rpms and each provide 12 horse power which Is sufficient to propel the 800 pound car up an 8 grade at 70 miles per hour. , V, J Thomas EptlngTh College Times lar car," said Plott. This makes for very simple construction and maintenance. The batteries will be able to be charged 1 250 times. That converts to 187,000 miles of driving. Even driving 20,000 miles a year they will last over nine years. The car was started early last year and should be finished in about 12 months. It was originally intended as a solar powered entry for a national competition. "There was a solar car race from Florida to Michigan and we tried to get into it," said Plott, "but they wouldn't let us in. They seated other universities but they didn't go with two year schools. However, President Romesburg said to go ahead and finish it. "We looked at the designs of other solar cars, each of them cost about $200,000 or more and who can afford that?" Plott asked. This, and the impractical sprawling shape of the typical solar powered vehicle (needed to collect enough light) led to the change from a "solar" to normal "electric" design. Plott also stated "Almost the entire car, with the exception of the motors, is made of plastics." This helps to bring the cost down. He gave the example of a single gear, costing over $200 if it were made out of metal, will cost less than two dollars to be cast in plastic. The prototype itself is costing UVCC less than $10,000. The car is currently in the engineering stage only. The specifications are according to calculations. The actual performance may differ, "But," said Plott "notsignificantly." ideals Rob Buchert Staff Writer "There are those who say that America is weakening right now. That our glory was the brief flash of time called the 20th Century. Well, I do not believe that for an instant!" So, said former U.S. President Ronald Reagan to over 10,000 people at BYU's Marriot Center on Feb 15. Reagan spoke on the power of ideals. "What has made the United States great is that ours is an empire of ideals. The ideals of freedom, democracy and a belief in the remarkable potential of the individual. Power isn't simply wealth or troops. Power is also spirit, and that spirit is loose around the world." The former president was very well received, getting applause and standing ovations throughout his comments.Though at one point a sign was seen asking "Why did you arm Iraq?" The questioners were quickly removed by security. Reagan didn't even see the banner. Reagan's remarks were followed by a series of questions, posed by BYU students, covering various aspects of his administration. He added some personal feelings, made very strong stands against drugs, against Saddam Hussein, gave continued support for the Strategic Defense Initiative, for the need of religion in the lives of Americans and told a couple jokes (he continues to collect jokes about Soviet life that are from the Soviet Union) . The Ceremony ended with music and Reagan left to a standing ovation.
|Title||UVCC College Times, 1991-02-20|
|Description||The UVCC College Times was the name of the student newspaper for Utah Valley Community College from September 28, 1987 to June 23, 1993.|
|Publisher||Utah Valley University|
|Subject headings||Utah Valley Community College--History; College student newspapers and periodicals;|
|Source||College Times, 1991-02-20|
|Rights||Copyright 2013 Utah Valley University|