Where Battery Power Becomes Horsepower

The Electric Vehicle Club (EVC) is a Purdue University student organization that builds race cars, motorcycles, and other electric vehicles. Its flagship event is the evGrandPrix. Watch this video to see a pack of Li-ion batteries help push their karts upwards of 50mph in just seconds.

“The biggest difference between a combustion car and an electric car is the drivetrain,” said Matthew Kane , president of EVC and a senior in electrical engineering. “All of your energy must be delivered from a battery to a motorized drivetrain. To do that, you need a massive battery pack.”