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CalSol: Driving the Future of Clean Energy

Raised toward our $20,000 Goal
62 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on May 04, at 11:59 PM PDT
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CalSol: Driving the Future of Clean Energy

This project has ended, but you can still support amazing Berkeley initiatives by visiting Your continued support of our students, faculty and staff will ensure that Berkeley remains the #1 public university. Go Bears!



We have reached our $20,000 goal!!! NEW GOAL: $25,000!

We could not be more grateful for and excited by your overwhelming support, and hope to keep the momentum going! We are striving to raise $5,000 more in the remainder of our campaign, and are confident our community will help us reach this goal and continue Driving the Future. 


We are a passionate team of students at UC Berkeley, and we build cars that run entirely off of solar power. Our team’s indomitable collaborative spirit fosters unparalleled knowledge sharing & growing. We challenge ourselves every day, building complex and uncharted engineering systems from the ground up. We share our work with and make an impact on our community and world. We are passionate about building the future of clean energy transportation. We are CalSol.

CalSol, the U.C. Berkeley Solar Vehicle Team, is a team of over one hundred passionate Berkeley undergraduate students who design, build, and race high-performance, street-legal solar vehicles. We have built 8 generations of racing vehicles, dating back to 1990, developing and enhancing our designs with each iteration. Our team welcomes all interested students and is home to a variety of majors across the University. The unifying force among all of our members is the passion for making a difference in developing the technological, sustainable future of transportation. We provide unparalleled hand-on experience in engineering, project management, supply chain interactions, teamwork, problem-solving, and more.

CalSol is an incredibly unique student group, providing industry-level resources and projects for our members. Each vehicle is built entirely by our students, from scratch; the knowledge and experience gained is unparalleled.



With our next generation vehicle, we plan to build something revolutionary, futuristic, and practical. This vehicle, lovingly named Tachyon, represents the future of energy efficiency and transportation, and is a monument to the innovative powerhouse of Berkeley Engineering. Our design features a fully solar-powered electric vehicle, but distinct from any of our previous generations -- it will be a multi-passenger car intended to realize our vision of promoting sustainable transportation practices. Leveraging our experience, knowledge, and passion, we strive to push the boundaries of even the most advanced cars on the market today and inspire a clean transportation future. This vehicle will compete in the 2017 World Solar Challenge, racing across the Australian Outback and being judged on practicality, functionality, and performance.

Our team has the passion, drive, and knowledge to build this inspiring design. But we -- the 100 passionate students -- need your help. We are funded entirely by the support of our community, and building a high-performance vehicle can have quite a price tag. CalSol is reaching out to you for your help. Please consider donating to support our project, so our students can continue to build, learn, and innovate the next generation of energy efficient transportation solutions.


Drive the future.




Our way
of Thanking You


Shout-out and Concept Renders

Get a thank-you “shout out” on our Twitter feed ( and a high-resolution, downloadable wallpaper of “Tachyon” concept renders.

9 of Unlimited Claimed
Estimated Delivery: May 2016


Name a 20-Mile Race Stretch

Have a 20-mile stretch of the race named after you, along with a personalized thank-you message, which will be featured on our live online race-tracking portal during that stretch.

12 of Unlimited Claimed
Estimated Delivery: August 2016


Hand-written Postcard

Get a hand-written postcard by a CalSol member from a stop along the ~2000 mile race route across the Australian Outback

9 of Unlimited Claimed
Estimated Delivery: September 2016


Invite to Thank-You BBQ

Get an invitation to our Crowdfunding Supporters Thank-You BBQ at our workstation, with full tour of our workshops and time to get to know the team! (date TBA) Plus your name or organization listed as a Friend of CalSol on our website, with your website linked (if desired)

9 of Unlimited Claimed
Estimated Delivery: May 2016


Invite & Carbon Fiber Initials

Get your initials written in carbon fiber on the inside our our solar car's shell, plus get an invite to our Big Reveal Party (where we showcase our new car for the first time) hopefully at the Innovation Hangar in San Francisco, 2017 Date TBA

6 of Unlimited Claimed
Estimated Delivery: September 2017


5-Lap Joy Ride

Enjoy a 5-lap joy ride sitting in Tachyon around our workstation -- it is a multi-seater car, after all! 2017 Date TBA.

1 of Unlimited Claimed
Estimated Delivery: September 2017
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