For Immediate Release: April 22, 2019

High school students race model cars powered by the sun

SMUD’s 14th annual Solar Car Race at Cosumnes River College promotes STEM education

Up to 300 high school students will gather at Cosumnes River College to race model solar-powered cars they’ve designed and built themselves. The teams all use the same solar panels, motors and gear sets, but each car is unique—it’s up to the teams to be creative and innovative and build the fastest car possible.

Teams compete in several award categories including race time, sustainability, innovation, and more. The Sacramento Electric Vehicle Association (SacEV) will also attend the event and bring a variety of electric vehicles for the students to view and explore. More information about the event is available at


Wednesday, April 24, 2019

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

(Races begin at approximately 11 a.m.)


Cosumnes River College (south quad)

8401 Center Parkway

Sacramento, CA 95831

(Parking available in Parking Lot C)

SMUD is committed to helping local educators bring STEM concepts (science, technology, engineering and math) to the classroom. The Solar Car Race gives teachers an opportunity to demonstrate a real-world technology design process and brings students together in a fun, entertaining way. The Solar Car Race has become increasingly popular over the last few years as STEM education has gained momentum locally and become a larger part of many schools’ curriculums.

The Solar Car Race is just one of a number of community events and programs that SMUD sponsors or organizes to support STEM education. Another example is the upcoming California Solar Regatta at Rancho Seco Recreational Area on May 3 and 4. For more information about the Solar Regatta, visit