Seattle's Auburn Riverside High School Designs Fuel Cell Dream Vehicle For Chrysler Group

Mojave concept vehicle would be powered by zero emission hydrogen fuel cell.

Published: 08-Mar-2001

SEATTLE, March 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Teamwork, dedication and imagination contributed to the triumph of Auburn Riverside High School during the 2001 "Build Your Dream Vehicle" educational challenge in Seattle. The winning team's concept vehicle, Mojave, earned $3,000, a first place trophy and the opportunity to compete at the National Finals in May at Chrysler Group's North American headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

Cleveland High School earned second place receiving a $2,000 cash award. Lake Stevens High School was honored with third place and a $1,000 award. The day-long contest was March 6 at the Museum of Flight.

The Chrysler Group launched the "Build Your Dream Vehicle" program in 1994. The contest challenges high school students to use teamwork and creativity to conceive, design and present an innovative, environmentally friendly vehicle concept. All entries must include a marketing strategy, financial plan and a three-dimensional model or drawing of the dream concept.

Auburn Riverside High School 's snake-inspired Mojave is a hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle producing zero emissions. As a consumer's lifestyle needs change so does the Mojave with its 3-in-1 body which cleverly transforms from a coupe into a convertible or wagon.

The winning team's instructor, Bill Sumner, a drafting and engineering teacher at Auburn Riverside High School, said, "We are honored to win this competition and we look forward to competing in the National Finals in May. But the significant life lessons my students have learned by working together have been the most valuable prizes of the competition."

Students and coaches on the three winning teams are:

    Name of High School             Concept Vehicle    Students and Coach
    1st Place -- Auburn Riverside   Mojave             Rick Sargent,
                                                       Chad Winslow,
                                                       Aaron Morales,
                                                       Sally White,
                                                       Scott Thompson,
                                                      (Coach:  Bill Sumner)

    2nd Place -- Cleveland          TR-1               Jai Saelee,
                                                       Maricel Aniel,
                                                       John Lioe, Van Tu Dang,
                                                       Chan Saelee
                                                      (Coach:  Bruce Dodson)

    3rd Place -- Lake Stevens       Rival              Branden Schoolcraft,
                                                       Andrew Robinson,
                                                       Bill Swearingen,
                                                       John Hiller,
                                                      (Coach:  Bob Carlson)

Road to Victory

Student teams began working on their "dream" vehicles at the start of the 2000-2001 school year. In January, 20 Seattle-area teams sent their "Build Your Dream Vehicle" entries to Chrysler Group headquarters for preliminary judging. As a result, eight teams were selected to compete in Seattle regional finals.

Through May, student teams in Miami, Houston, San Diego, Los Angeles, Washington D.C./Baltimore, Detroit, Atlanta and Chicago will present their dream concepts at regional competitions. First place winners from each city will advance to the national finals in May.

For more information about DaimlerChrysler's "Build Your Dream Vehicle" program, educators should call 888-839-BYDV (2938), or visit the Web site at www.daimlerchrysler.com/bydv .

SOURCE Chrysler Group

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