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Synergy apprentices team up to build and race electric vehicles

Synergy apprentices from Muja Power Station are once again teaming up to build and race their own electric vehicles (EVs) in the 2017 EV Challenge powered by Synergy.


Each year, a team of apprentices from Synergy’s power station near Collie, enter the state-wide competition in the hope their single-seat EV will take out first place.


The event will be held this Saturday 4th of November at the Hurricane Go Kart Club at Wundowie, north-east of Perth.


The aim of the EV Challenge is for teams to develop small, single seat electric prototype vehicles to cover as many laps of a circuit in one hour from a limited amount of electrical energy.


The EVs must also be between 1.5m and 2.7m long, be powered solely by an electric motor and battery and be built within a restricted budget.


Team members this year are apprentices Bianca Benton, Melissa Featherstone, Corey Gulvin, Bailey Moloney, Josh Pike and Nick Shaw.  


Synergy Chief Executive Officer Jason Waters said he was pleased Synergy was sponsoring the event for the first time this year.


“We are thrilled to be the main sponsor of the EV Challenge and are proud of our apprentices and how they’ve demonstrated Synergy’s core values of innovation and collaboration in constructing their own prototype EV,” he said.


Mr Waters also said the EV Challenge further highlighted Synergy’s commitment to encouraging the uptake of EVs in Western Australia.


“It’s great to see our young apprentices embracing EV technologies and sharing their unique EV race-cars with work colleagues and the public,” he said.


“Synergy is committed to an EV framework for Western Australia and spreading the message around the environmental, economic and social benefits of EVs.”


Those who head down to the EV challenge will also be given the unique opportunity to pedal one of four bikes at the Synergy Race Track Rally trailer, which will then power mini EVs on a make-shift race track.

 Admission is free and to find out more about the EV Challenge, visit