Appalachian State’s Team Sunergy wrapped up the American Solar Challenge on Saturday, Aug. 7.
The team came in first for ASC’s Multi-Occupant Vehicle Class challenge, bringing home the award for Best Electrical Design and sharing the Wilson Cup with the team from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The second class in the American Solar Challenge is the Single-Occupant Vehicle class, which is judged on different criteria from the Multi-Occupant Vehicle Class.
Team Sunergy was the fourth team among both classes to cross the finish line in Las Vegas, N.M., around 3 p.m. on Aug. 7, securing a second podium finish for the R.O.S.E. (Racing On Solar Energy), Appalachian State University’s solar vehicle.
Appalachian State Chancellor Sheri Everts congratulated the team on each win in a tweet.
“App State is so proud of you,” she said.
The team has been racing across four states since Aug. 3 with three objectives: cross the finish line without trailering, travel continuously at the specified target speed and maximize miles driven while minimizing external energy use.
ROSE passed the scrutineering portion of the race in July, qualifying Team Sunergy for the remainder of the race, which began Aug. 3.
They competed with teams from eight other schools in the nation, Team Sunergy being the only team from a non-engineering school.