CalSol at Events

SunPower Sponsor Spotlight!

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

CalSol recently visited SunPower at their Richmond office on November 5, 2014. We displayed our newest racing vehicle, Zephyr, and discussed our progress and future plans and projects. We also took Zephyr for a spin in their parking lot and shared ideas with some of their engineers who helped us with our solar array.

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CalSol incorporates SunPower High-Efficiency Gen-E solar cells in Zephyr. SunPower’s innovative solar cells have been critical to unleashing the full performance of our vehicles. CalSol is also incredibly grateful for SunPower’s continued generosity and support throughout the years by providing us with the resources and facilities necessary to create our solar array. Our success would not have been possible without you!

Thank you again to SunPower!


Maker Faire

Saturday, May 18th, 2013

Maker FaireHowdy everyone!,

CalSol is at Maker Faire this weekend! If you’re at the event you can find us in the west lot on the far side, near a number of other electric vehicles, and a floating DeLorean!

For the uninitiated, Maker Faire is an inspirational weekend of ingenuity and cool technology. Every year there are first time makers as well as favorites returning with something new. Come and discover and world of creativity and imagination!

More information is available at and if you can’t make it, check into the livestream at

See you all there!


Cal Day 2013!

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

bnrThe annual Cal Day event is coming up this Saturday on April 20th and CalSol will be on display!

Cal Day happens every April and is a great opportunity for all of Cal to show off what it’s got in store, especially for visiting prospective students, and this year there are there are more exciting things to see than ever before. CalSol, in particular, will be showing our current car Impulse as well as newly built parts for our new vehicle, Zephyr. Our suspension and controls teams have been hard at work to display numerous vehicle components, newly machined and laid up, so make sure to stop by the Etcheverry-Soda breezeway all day to see Impulse on display! We will also be manning a table in front of the Engineering Student Services office for questions and information.

Click here to see a full list of Cal Day events hosted by the Department of Mechanical Engineering.


Hope to see you all there!

Unfinished lathe work on Zephyr's wheel hubs.

Unfinished lathe work on Zephyr’s wheel hubs. To see the finished results, come see them at Cal Day!

Waterjetted 7075 aluminum uprights for Zephyr's front suspension.

Waterjetted 7075 aluminum uprights for Zephyr’s front suspension.

Impulse on Display at Chabot Space and Science Center

Friday, November 16th, 2012
Impulse at Chabot Space and Science Center

Here is a teaser for what is to come on November 17th at the Chabot Space and Science Center

The Chabot Space and Science Center is having a grand re-opening of Bill Nye’s Climate Lab on November 17th. CalSol was extended an invitation to not only help staff the event, but also to bring Impulse and have it on display throughout the event!

As kids come rolling into the facility they will get to see Impulse front and center in the entryway and for those that have never seen a solar car before it is quite the sight to see. Impulse is literally the kids’ first step of the day at their journey at Chabot because once they talk with us, we will give them a stamp on their lab dash cards, and they can continue on to learn more, play games, and attempt to win prizes!

CalSol is extremely proud to have been invited to and included in an event such as this, so thank you Chabot for the opportunity.

You can learn more about the event and the center itself here at their website:

We will see you there, and don’t forget to look for the students wearing CalSol shirts!

P.S. – As one more teaser to come by and check us out, the view from the facility is AMAZING.

View from Chabot Space and Science Center

View from Chabot Space and Science Center

Green Drive Expo

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Green Drive Expo

Followers of CalSol, come and join us tomorrow at the the Bay Area’s premier consumer expo dedicated to hybrid, plug-in, ev and other high-tech, ecofriendly vehicles, the Green Drive Expo! We’ll be there to show Impulse, alongside many premiere auto manufacturer’s, including Toyota and Chevrolet.

The exhibition is open from 10am until 5pm this Saturday, September 15th. For more information, head on over to the expo’s website:


We look forward to seeing you there!

CalSol’s First General Meeting!

Friday, September 7th, 2012

Last Wednesday, September 5th, CalSol had its first general meeting of the semester. After two weeks of recruiting, including displaying Impulse at Engineering Student Orientation, we expected a large crowd of interested newcomers to attend this first meeting and learn what CalSol is all about. However, I think the number of people who showed up even exceeded our expectations — by our count we had 131 people present!

It was great to feel the excitement in the air as interested students settled down into their seats to hear about CalSol’s past, present and future, including our plans of racing in ASC 2014 with a brand new vehicle that they will get to help design and build. Speaking with people afterwards and seeing their interest in the team brought back memories of my first CalSol general meeting two years ago, which I left wide-eyed from excitement, knowing that I had joined a club full of opportunity for hands-on projects and new friendships.

I know I’m not the only one when I say that I’m excited about the potential of this new group of students, and am looking forward to what the fresh blood in CalSol will bring for the team!