CalSol, the UC Berkeley Solar Vehicle Team, is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to design, build, test, and race fully solar powered vehicles. Composed of over fifty undergraduate students from a variety of disciplines, CalSol provides students with hands-on experience with real world engineering, project management, and business aptitude. View our full team below!
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The Mechanical Team is responsible for the physical design and construction of the structural parts of the car. As such, this team is split into the Suspension/Chassis, Shell, Controls and Motor subteams. Mechanical members use 3D computer modeling tools to help design components and analyze the forces on each part. However, safety is our main priority. The end result is a lightweight car which is structurally sound and capable of withstanding whatever the road throws at us.
The Electrical Team is responsible for all electrical related issues and all electronics. This team is split into the Data, Human-Car Interface (HCI), Power, and Solar subteams. The electrical system contains many student-designed Printed Circuit Boards (PCB), and each circuit board is responsible for a specific task on the car – data collection, screen display, motor control, etc. The car is designed so that each board can operate essentially independently of each other in performing their assigned task, and the boards are connected to each other via the CAN network for data communication.