HAYS, KS --- Got petrol? One group with innovative ideas and the support of local power companies hopes to eventually remove this worry from your list of daily responsibilities.
These ideas are casually embodied in an annual event called Electrathon, a race for electric cars built and maintained by area high schools and sponsored by local electric companies. Thirty-three cars are currently registered by the 19 area high schools already signed on.
The Technology Studies Department of Fort Hays State University is hosting its third annual Electrathon America High Plains Rally on April 5, beginning at 7 a.m. in Gross Memorial Coliseum's north parking lot.
More room is available for prospective entrants and registration is open through 8 a.m. on the day of the event. Entrants not affiliated with a high school may also compete and observers are welcome to attend.
After registration, inspections and two meetings, the standard class will start the races at 11 a.m. This class is for battery powered cars only and will be followed by the novice class race, which is for first-year racers. The races will be concluded with the solar-assisted-class race at 1:30 p.m.
The winner of each race will be determined by which car completes the most laps in one hour, with speed and driving style being left to the discretion of the driver.
Also at Gross Coliseum on April 5, 6 and 7 will be the Technology Student Association's state convention, which will feature technological activities and competitions throughout the weekend. Registration and check-in are from 6 a.m. to 7:45 on April 5.
Prospective participants for Electrathon are encouraged to call Joseph Chretien, assistant professor of technology studies, prior to April 5 at (785) 628-4314.