The ExxonMobil Foundation handed over a check for $25,000 to the West Philadelphia Automotive Academy to help in their pursuit of the coveted prize.
"I think these kids are amazing. We saw some interesting vehicles. We talked with the kids about the idea of how they can produce fuel efficient vehicles that get 100mpg in a very environmentally friendly manner," said Gerald McElvy, President of ExxonMobil Foundation.
The West High students are building 2 super efficient, super fast hybrid vehicles. The Ford Focus hybrid can go from one to sixty in less than 12 seconds and gets over 100 miles per gallon. It's safer than other hybrids, more affordable and uses off the shelf technology made in America.
[Philadelphia Inquirer] Lisa Jackson could only grin in amazement as she climbed into the driver‚Äôs seat of the best little car that West Philly ‚Äî and maybe just about anybody, anywhere ‚Äî has ever made. She was at the West Philadelphia High School Academy for Automotive and Mechanical Engineering, and the red sports car, the Hybrid K-1 Attack, has been proven to get 60 miles per gallon on biodiesel and has get-up that will make you go-go. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency‚Äôs new administrator, formerly head of New Jersey‚Äôs Department of Environmental Protection, was in town earlier today and made it a point to come to the school to congratulate the members of its Hybrid X team... ‚ÄúIdeas like these will determine our country‚Äôs future,‚Äù Jackson told the students and an assortment of dignitaries, from Chaka Fattah to Lisa Nutter. Noting that the nation‚Äôs auto industry was ‚Äúin a little trouble right now,‚Äù Jackson told the students, ‚Äúyou are the key to the ideas that will bring them into the future.‚Äù She said they were clearly ‚Äúahead of the curve. You know first-hand that we don‚Äôt have to choose between a healthy green environment and a healthy green economy.
[NBC 10 Philadelphia] Designing a car that can run 100 miles on a single gallon of gas is not an easy task, but for a group of high school students from West Philly, it seems to be a piece of cake. The team has beaten out all the automakers and hopes they can do it again for the $10 million X Prize.
[6-ABC Philadelphia] Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson came to West Philadelphia High School's auto garage today to see first hand the award-winning cars a group of teenage students are producing. The school's Electric Vehicle X-Prize teams are building hybrids that can go from zero to sixty in less than 4 seconds and get 100 miles per gallon. They have already beat companies like Toyota and Honda by building the world's first hybrid supercar. Now they're poised to be a top contender for the X Competition next spring which carries a $10 million prize. "There's so much to gain for urban youth and people around the world jumping on the green economy," said sophomore Azeem Hill. "So many people need jobs." The EVX team started 11 years ago as an after-school program. The students have a budget of about $200,000. The big question is, how are they beating companies with millions at their disposal? "It's the fact that we're not a big established company and not complicated," said senior Eric Yates. "But we're showing the world that if you understand the basics, look what kids in inner city Philadelphia - and youth all over - can do." These humble kids say they're just trying to drive the market forward and open doors for inner city workers. EPA Administrator Jackson had nothing but good things to say. "The president has said the green economy has to touch everyone," she said during her visit today. "This is a great example of the administrators, teachers and...