Getting a charge out of electric go-carts.Byline: Jim Feehan The Register-Guard
LANE COUNTY FAIR The Lane County Fair is an annual celebration held in Eugene, Oregon every August featuring food, music and other entertainment. It is held at the Lane County Fairgrounds.
David Pottorf should have worn a long sleeved shirt Sunday.
The Willamette High School Willamette High School is a school in Eugene, Oregon.
Willamette, or "Wil-Hi," is located in the Bethel-Danebo area of west Eugene, and is the only high school in the Bethel School District. student was finishing his turn racing a homemade electric go-cart when he lost control of his car and barreled into a barricade.
He dropped his left arm to prevent the electric go-cart from flipping over and in the process scraped his forearm along the asphalt.
"I got a nice raspberry raspberry, name for several thorny shrubs of the genus Rubus of the family Rosaceae (rose family) and for their fruit (see bramble).
Any of many species of fruit-bearing bushes of the genus Rubus in the rose family. ," Pottorf, 17, said of his injury before heading off to the first-aid station Noun 1. first-aid station - a station providing emergency care or treatment before regular medical aid can be obtained
aid station, dressing station - (military) a station located near a combat area for giving first aid to the wounded .
The demonstration of electric cars was part of "Sustainable Sunday," a collection of vendors promoting recycling and alternative energy sources on the final day of the Lane County Fair.
Willamette High classmate Natasha Sutton, 17, said it's not unusual to crash in the go-carts, but there are never serious injuries.
"They're really a lot of fun and easy to handle when you get the callouses built up on your hands," she said.
The electric cars were designed and built by Willamette's vehicle and energy education program. The cars run on 12-volt batteries.
Some of the cars resemble the junkers seen on Mad Max movies, while others offer a sleek aerodynamic chassis like a miniature version of a Formula 1 racer.
Pottorf and five other Willamette students from the class sped around a racing oval of fluorescent orange traffic cones. Unlike other races, the electric car demonstration did not have the noxious noxious adj. harmful to health, often referring to nuisances. odor of fuel or the ear-splitting roar of a gas guzzling internal combustion car.
"Electric cars are not the wave of the future, but for around town they're great," said Mike Hodgert, a physics teacher at Willamette High who oversaw the demonstration.
Lee Shoemaker, Eugene's bicycle and pedestrian coordinator, agrees.
A tire iron's toss from the student-made electric cars, Shoemaker was showing off one of the city's two electric cars. The two-seat car manufactured by Global Electric Motorcars Global Electric Motorcars (GEM) is a market leader of NEVs, based in Fargo, North Dakota. History
The company was founded as in 1992 by a team of ex-General Motors engineers from Livonia, Michigan, under the name Trans2. resembles a bloated roller-skate.
In May, the city bought two of the cars, which plug into a 12-volt battery and top out at 25 mph, he said.
"For running errands and going to work they're wonderful," Shoemaker said of the car's that have a sticker price sticker price
The list price for an automobile or other motor vehicle. of $7,000.
With a driving range of 30 miles before recharging, the electric car is ideal for city folks, he said.
Also part of the eco-friendly demonstration was a "trashy" fashion show. Items were literally retrieved while Dumpster diving dumpster diving - /dump'-ster di:'-ving/ 1. The practice of sifting refuse from an office or technical installation to extract confidential data, especially security-compromising information ("dumpster" is an Americanism for what is elsewhere called a "skip"). .
The haute haute
Fashionably elegant: "In Washington, haute gastronomy is at least as important as the national economy" Ann L. Trebbe. trash fashion show featured models wearing discarded mesh floor mats, cardboard liquor bottle cases and a discarded orange life vest coupled with a bra made of wine corks.
"I believe I'm a cost conscious and savvy shopper," said Marie Sullivan of Salem. "But there's no way I'm going to wear a bra made of wine corks."