ECS Contributes to UBC Solar’s “Brightside” Race Car Project: Electrical Wire Donation Powers Innovation and Education in Sustainable Engineering

Pictured from left to right: Angie Schwan (ECS Branch Manager for Richmond, BC) and Mischa Johal (Student at UBC and Electrical Lead for the UBC Solar program).

December 6, 2023

Electrical Cable Supply (ECS) is delighted to announce its recent contribution to UBC Solar – a student engineering design team at the University of British Columbia (UBC).

In support of cutting-edge education and sustainable innovation, ECS has donated a diverse array of Electronic and Cat5e wire and cables to UBC Solar’s ambitious project—designing and racing a solar-powered car named “Brightside” in 2024.

The UBC Solar team with 80 undergraduate members, known for fostering an immersive and industry-oriented learning environment, aims to transcend traditional classroom boundaries. Their commitment to maximizing student potential through peer mentorship, critical analysis, and professional development aligns seamlessly with ECS’s values of innovation and collaboration.

“Brightside,” the team’s third-generation solar-powered race car, is poised to compete at the prestigious Formula Sun Grand Prix and the American Solar Challenge in 2024. The meticulous two-year design cycle reflects the team’s dedication to incorporating lessons learned from their 2022 competition experience, with the ultimate goal of constructing the most advanced race car in UBC Solar’s history.

“ECS is proud to support UBC Solar in their ambitious Brightside project. We are excited to be a small part of helping to advance education and innovation in solar engineering. We believe in empowering the next generation of engineers and innovators to push the boundaries of what is possible.”

Angie Schwan, Richmond Branch Manager at ECS.

For more information, visit the ECS website HERE.

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