Collie apprentices hit the go-kart track

Muja Power Station team members Corey Gulvin, Bailey Moloney, Torey Drew, Joshua Pike, Nick Shaw and Bianca Benton (seated)

Muja Power Station team members Corey Gulvin, Bailey Moloney, Torey Drew, Joshua Pike, Nick Shaw and Bianca Benton (seated)

Apprentices from Synergy’s Muja Power Station once again teamed up to build and race their own electric vehicles (EVs) in the 2017 EV Challenge on Saturday, November 4.

Each year, a team of apprentices from Synergy’s power station near Collie enter the state-wide competition in the hope their single-seat EV will take out first place.

This year the Collie team completed 29 laps of the Hurricane Go Kart Club track in Wundowie to place ninth in the combined A/C class event, although the team picked up a second-place award in the engineering category.

The aim of the challenge is for teams to develop small, single seat electric prototype vehicles to cover as many laps of a circuit in one hour from a limited amount of electrical energy.

The Muja Power Station team this year consisted of Bianca Benton, Melissa Featherstone, Corey Gulvin, Bailey Moloney, Josh Pike and Nick Shaw, with Torey Drew assisting the team on the day.

Synergy chief executive officer Jason Waters said the EV Challenge highlighted the company’s commitment to encouraging the uptake of EVs in Western Australia.

“It’s great to see our young apprentices embracing EV technologies and sharing their unique EV race-cars with work colleagues and the public,” he said.

“Synergy is committed to an EV framework for Western Australia and spreading the message around the environmental, economic and social benefits of EVs.”