Cal Day 2012

Cal Day is right around the corner, and CalSol is excited to celebrate the most wonderful day of the year!

Impulse is here!

Next Saturday, April 21 from 10AM-3PM, CalSol will be showcasing Impulse for the big event! Our team would like to extend an invitation to all. We will be located at the  Etcheverry Breezeway (between Etcheverry Hall and Soda Hall). Our team members have incredible stories to share, and Impulse will be ready to show off her new paint job. Feel free to drop by and and say hello if you are in the area!

Additionally, at 2pm Impulse will be making a grand exit to signal the start of a road trip up to Sacramento. We will be performing road testing to gain valuable data for the American Solar Challenge this summer, as well as to give new members some more experience in conditions similar to those we will experience during a rayce.

As always, Go Impulse, Go CalSol, and GO BEARS!

Continuing Sponsors

We’d just like to stop for a moment to thank all of our continuing sponsors. Without them, there would be no solar car!Most recently, we had the pleasure of working with Advanced Circuits ( again to produce some final, critical circuitboards. AC has always been a dependable source of high-quality PCBs in the past, and we look forward to working with them again in the future. 

We’d also like to thank Agilent Technologies, the premier measurement company, for their monetary contributions to the team.

And a big “Thank You” to Lockheed Martin, global security and IT company, for their support.    Such donations are crucial to the success of the team.

CalSol is excited for its big race coming up this June, and we’re planning a new car for this coming year. If you or your company would be interested in sponsoring the Berkeley solar car, please don’t hesitate to contact us!   Check our “Sponsors” page for a chart listing the benefits of different levels of sponsorship (besides, of course, that warm fuzzy feeling you get from helping out college students ). We also have an “Adopt-a-Cell” program, where individuals or families can adopt solar cells in their name and help us get to the race.

Again, thanks to all of these generous sponsors, and we hope to see some of you in Texas!

Advanced Circuits Thank You

CalSol would like to thank Advanced Circuits ( for its recent sponsorship. We look forward to a continued partnership with Advanced Circuits.

Training Classes

CalSol is excited to announce a recent partnership with, an online directory of training, education, learning, and development programs and providers.’s directory includes information on Instructor Led Training (ILT), courseware, eLearning, home study and self paced learning resources.’s $1,000 sponsorhip qualifies it for the Bronze donor level.

CITRIS support

CalSol has recieved a $5,000 sponsorship from The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS). This qualifies CITRIS for Silver Sponsor status, making them the first sponsor for the current CalSol project to earn the distinction. To learn about becoming a sponsor, please visit our Sponsorship Page.

Molds Arrived

The molds for the car have arrived.  We have sanded them down and put on the first layer of dry wall.  Over winter break we are going to sand down the dry wall and proceed with painting the molds.  We plan on getting the molds all finished up over winter vacation, so hopefully we’ll be well on our way in building our shell once spring semester comes along.

We also want to thank Google for donating $2000 to our team.  Also earlier in the semester the Mechanical Engineering Department donated $3000 to us, so both of them are Bronze sponsorship status. To see a list of our sponsors or find more information on becoming a sponsor, please visit our Sponsorship page.

We have also uploaded some pictures taken of the molds, and of us putting drywall on, along with the team picture of the 2007-2008 CalSol team. They are under the album titled Ursola II.

NASC schedule

The race schedule for the North American Solar Challenge has been released!. Also, a map of the route can be viewed here.

EECS support

The EECS Department just gave us a generous donation of $2,500. This qualifies the department for Bronze sponsorship status!

Designs Nearing Completion

We will be finished with the preliminary designs by October 1st in time for for submission to the North American Solar Car Challenge for review. We will begin machining the suspension by the first week of October. Additonally, we are having a private company machine the plug for us, so that is expected to be done within a month. We will then fine tune the plug; we aim to construct and complete the female mold before winter vacation.

Beginning Shell work

We are going to begin working on our shell molds over the next few week as our next car begins to become a physical reality.