Release Date: 6/3/2013
Contact: Diana L. Spencer, 410-887-4243

Student team from Hereford High to compete in Electric Vehicle Grand Prix

Students constructed and will drive battery-powered car

What: A student team from Hereford High School will be the only team from Baltimore County Public Schools competing in the 2013 Washington, D.C., Electric Vehicle Grand Prix, organized by Global EEE and sponsored by Pepco. The team constructed a battery-powered vehicle and will drive against 10 teams from nine other high schools throughout Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. The team that wins will be the one that travels the greatest distance in one hour on a closed loop track. The competition is designed to allow students to apply their knowledge of engineering, science and mathematics principles; better understand renewable energy; and practice project management and teamwork.

When: Saturday, June 8, 2013
Technical qualification begins at 9 a.m.
Race kickoff at 12 noon

Where: National Harbor, Maryland 20745
(the lot adjacent to the new Carousel and McLoone’s Pier House)

Background: Hereford High School’s involvement in the Electric Vehicle Grand Prix has been supported by the school as well as the BCPS Office of Career and Technology Education. Students involved in the project are:

Current students
McKenzie Clark
Chris Heckert
Karl Passapae
Chris Paton
Joshua Perry
Nick Pindale
Tyler Principio
Stephanie Reynolds
Maddie Westwater

2013 graduates
Margaret Aske
Taylor Blevins
Matt Brady
Jesse Dubel
Matt Lambert
Steven Nawrocki
Brian Palmer

Michael Riley

The advisor is Hereford High’s technology education department chair Michael Dodd-O.

The electric vehicles in the competition are all designed to hold a single person and meet specific design and safety rules. They are powered by deep cycle lead acid battery packs weighing 73 pounds or less. To reduce risk, an official kit comprised of the necessary components was developed by NuGen Mobility for all participating teams.

As the team members from Hereford High prepared for the event, they were visited last month by Dr. Nabih E. Bedewi, the managing director of Global EEE, and Eric Takamura, president/CEO of NuGen Mobility. Bill Aske, a retired engineer, mentored students during the initial phase of project development.

For more information about the 2013 Washington, D.C., Electric Vehicle Grand Prix, visit

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