Be among the first to see Appalachian State University’s new Cruiser Class solar vehicle. Chancellor Sheri Everts, Team Sunergy and the Office of Sustainability are hosting the unveiling of ROSE, the new solar vehicle. The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.
Built for the Cruiser Class division, this racer is made from infused carbon fiber. It features seating for two, conventionally opening doors, a set of instrument gauges for fuel, speed and other information, turn signals and — an amenity the team is particularly excited about — cup holders. The car can reach speeds up to 75 miles per hour.
ROSE, an acronym for Racing on Solar Energy, is the second vehicle constructed by Appalachian’s solar vehicle team. Apperion, a single-passenger racing vehicle, was constructed in 2015 using a shell from a retired solar vehicle donated by Iowa State University.
In early July, the team will depart Boone to race in its third Formula Sun Grand Prix (FSGP), which begins July 6 on the track at Motorsport Park in Hastings, Nebraska. Pending qualification during the FSGP, the team will embark on an eight-day, 1,700-mile, cross-country race along the Oregon Trail in the 2018 American Solar Challenge.
About Team Sunergy
Team Sunergy is Appalachian State University’s interdisciplinary team of undergraduate and graduate students transforming solar-powered transportation. Its premier solar car, Apperion, gained national attention with top-three finishes in the 2016 and 2017 Formula Sun Grand Prix (FSGP), an international collegiate endurance competition that sets the standards for and tests the limits of solar vehicle technology. In 2018, the team's second, Cruiser Class car, ROSE (an acronym for Racing on Solar Energy), placed third in the FSGP competition and tied for second place in the American Solar Challenge — an international solar vehicle distance road race held biennially by the Innovators Educational Foundation. Team Sunergy brings together students from a variety of majors who have a passion for sustainable transportation and the ingenuity, innovation and drive to create it. Learn more at https://sunergy.appstate.edu.
About Sustainability at Appalachian
Appalachian State University’s leadership in sustainability is known nationally. The university’s holistic, three-branched approach considers sustainability economically, environmentally and equitably in relationship to the planet’s co-inhabitants. The university is an active steward of the state’s interconnected financial, cultural and natural resources and challenges students and others think critically and creatively about sustainability and what it means from the smallest individual action to the most broad-based applications. The university offers both undergraduate and graduate academic degree programs that focus on sustainability. In addition, 100 percent of Appalachian’s academic departments offer at least one sustainability course or course that includes sustainability, and all students graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome.
About Appalachian State University
Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System, Appalachian enrolls about 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.