Wolves on Wheels, a Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2013 competitor from St. Pauls School, entered their vehicle Back to the Future 2 in the competition.

Photograph courtesy St. Pauls School

School: St. Pauls School

Team: Wolves on Wheels

Car Name: Back to the Future 2 (Battery Electric Urban Prototype category)

What is special about your car? The reason we call it "Back to the Future 2" is because electric cars are a very old concept. The United States had a stamp with an electric car on it in 1901. The Baker electric car from 1906 had a range of 100 miles (It was the preferred car of Henry Ford's wife). The challenge for over 100 years has been to improve the batteries and maintain an optimal weight-to-safety ratio. Our car is also a reminder of the challenge to young engineers that we are only two years from 2015, the "future" that Doc Brown went to. So we are expecting to see hoverboards and flying cars soon. And finally, we think that beautiful electric cars will speed their acceptance, and what is more beautiful than a shiny Delorean.

Why is fuel efficiency important? We live in a world of limited resources and a fragile environment. Energy from solar and wind and cars that produce no toxic emissions is the path to our transportation future.

Who or what inspired you on the way to Eco-marathon? The book Tom Swift and the Electric Runabout. It is a celebration of a creative engineer, Tom Swift, as he invents his way to an electric car that gets a range of 100 miles and achieves 100 miles per hour. It was written in 1914.

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