Driven by a vision for sustainable technology, CalSol is a team of almost 100 Berkeley undergraduate students who design, build, and race high-speed, street-legal solar vehicles. We provide our members with unparalleled, hands-on experience in engineering, project management, supply chain interactions, teamwork, problem-solving, and more.
Zephyr on display in San Francisco
We’ve built a team that welcomes students from all backgrounds and experience levels. This year, we’ve seen the highest turnout of new members in years: more than 100 students have joined the team in the past few weeks. We’re eager to introduce them to the world of cutting-edge solar and renewable energy technology.
We have built 9 generations of racing vehicles, enhancing our designs with each iteration. Our newest car, Tachyon, has had a long and successful career. We’ve raced Tachyon at the 2019 Circuit of the Americas race in Austin, Texas, coming second for the second year in a row. In the 2019 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, the world’s most prestigious international solar car race, Tachyon placed 13th. In light of the pandemic, we couldn’t send our cars into races in 2020, but in 2021, we came back strong, driving Zephyr for more than 700 miles in the American Solar Challenge and winning 6th place.
Currently, we are crowdfunding for the construction of our 10th generation vehicle, Excalibur. Excalibur is set to be the fastest and most efficient vehicle our team has built since its conception, but the cost for building such an incredible machine is high. Our $10K goal will primarily go towards purchasing molds for its exterior shell — as opposed to painstakingly building student-made molds and extending our vehicle’s construction timeline by two years. With your contribution, we can provide more opportunities for members to tackle hands-on design and manufacturing work, as well as improve the final quality of the car shelll’s outer surface to carry on our legacy of success.
CFD testing results for the new car, Excalibur
Will you make a tax-deductible donation today to support CalSol and make it all possible? Your donation will contribute to Excalibur’s manufacturing, as well as the development of solar and renewable energy technology and the education of brilliant engineers.
Approximate breakdown of costs necessary to race Excalibur in 2022!
We’d love to hear from you! Feel free to contact us on our email or social media platforms:
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Learn more about us on our website: https://calsol.berkeley.edu/