,Alabama - Despite a cloudy sky and a little rain at first, Barber Motorsportshosted Electrathon, a competition of different schools in Central Alabama whotook part in a race of electric cars.
Electrathon is a national competition andtoday's event was the third year at Barber Motorsports in Birmingham.
This was not a race of the fastest but of the most efficientand endurable. The vehicles that the competitors drove were all batteryoperated.
The race is meant to be supportive of clean energy, said Brian Copes,who is an engineering teacher at Calera High and part of SKY (Skill Knowledgeand Youth).
"The purpose is one: expose our kids to a green industryalternative fuel," he said. "Electric cars are going to be a big presence iskids' lives and we are working to expose our kids to that. It's also teachingkids resource and conservation."
"The secondary purpose is: auto manufacturers are lookingfor a skilled workforce. And as they see what educational system is doing isthe state of Alabama we're hoping that they'll start moving their manufactureshere, which means more jobs for graduates."
Copes said that SKY received grants from and from the state for the race. Therace went from four cars in its first year to 10 this year. The race is sponsored by Alabama Power, ZoomMotorsports, SKY and Barber Motorsports.
The schools that competed were: Chambers County, CareerTechnical Center, Decatur City Schools, Walker County Career Center ofTechnology, Mary G. Montgomery High School, Tuscaloosa Career and TechnologyAcademy, Dothan Technology Center, Spanish Fort High School, Calera High School,Hewitt-Trussville high school, Oak Mountain High School, George WashingtonCarver High School, A.H. Parker High School, UAB and Sweet Water High School.See below for a video the start of the secondrace: