Thank you, Zipcar!

CalSol was recently selected as a finalist in the Zipcar “Students with Drive” campaign! Our team would like to thank Zipcar for donating $1000 of Zipcar credits. CalSol’s workshop locates at the Richmond Field Station which is approximately 20 minutes away from campus with traffic, and this support will greatly ease transportation arrangements for team members.

However, our work is not done! As one of the finalists selected for the month of February, CalSol has the opportunity to win more support from Zipcar.
You can help CalSol win up to a total of $15,500 by following these easy steps:

  1. Click on the following link:
  2. Log in your Facebook account
  3. Click on the green “vote” button
  4. Add the “Zipcar: Students with Drive” application on Facebook
  5. Select “CalSol” under the Academic group and submit your vote!
  6. Each person can only vote once, so now your job is to spread the word!

Tell you friends!  Tell your family!  Tell your colleagues!  Tell your professors and classmates!  Voting is ending in 12 hours, so start spreading the word now!

We thank you for your support and GO BEARS!

A Visit From Toshiba

Marc using our sponsored Portege intensely

At the end of January, CalSol had the privilege of hosting Josh Stempel of Toshiba. Toshiba has been an incredible sponsor, and we were thrilled to finally have one of their team members visiting us here in Berkeley.

Recently, CalSol has also been teaming up with Toshiba to organize a campus wide battery and electronics drive.  Alongside Berkeley’s Green the Greeks organization, CalSol is working to increase awareness for sustainable technology and environmental awareness. The battery and electronics drive will launch in early March, and conclude around Earth Day in April. Be sure to come back and check out our blog for more information later on!

We hope that Toshiba had a great time visiting the Richmond Field Station and seeing Impulse in person for the first time!

We Are Ready for WSC

BERKELEY, Calif – Aug 15th 2011 – CalSol, The UC Berkeley Solar Vehicle Team, has completed its latest solar vehicle, Impulse, and is preparing to race for 1800 miles in the World Solar Challenge held in Australia from October 16th to October 23rd.  This will mark the first time CalSol has ever raced a solar car in the World Solar Challenge.

The team has made a significant amount of progress in the last few weeks, and has spent its time testing Impulse out on the public road and meeting up with sponsors.  The team is extremely excited to have come this far, and is busy making final preparations to ensure a smooth voyage as Impulse gets shipped to Australia.

Impulse, CalSol’s newest solar vehicle, is the result of 2 years worth of effort by a team of 75 undergraduate students.  While Impulse only seats one person in its cockpit, it has the top speed of 70 mph, and has over 50 highway miles under its belt.  Impulse powers itself purely off of solar energy, and uses no gasoline engines.  Impulse has been inspected and registered with the DMV to be street legal and proudly displays its official VIN and license plate in the back of the car.  Impulse costs approximately $150,000 to build, and is funded purely through donations.  Impulse’s major sponsors include Volkswagen, Panasonic, and Kreysler & Associates.

The World Solar Challenge is a biennial solar car race held in Australia.  The race starts from Darwin, ends in Adelaide, and travels through 1800 miles of the Australian outback.  The race is attended by over 30 teams from around the world.  CalSol is sending 20 members to race Impulse in the upcoming event.  Because the event lies right in the middle of the semester, the team members have arranged to take the fall semester off with UC Berkeley.