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MIT Solar Electric Vehicle Team Road to Australia

Raised toward our $10,000 Goal
43 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on October 10, at 11:55 PM EDT
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Getting Back to the Grind

November 09, 2015

Hi Everyone!

Just a few weeks ago now we crossed the finish line in Adelaide thanks to the help and support of all of you. As you can imagine, we've all been engrossed in some epic battles of catch-up since then. However, we wanted to make sure to thank everyone who followed our twitter and social media updates throughout the race. Unfortunately, if predictably, our internet access was quite limited in the Outback, so we were unable to provide as much information as we would have liked during the race, but that just means we have more stories to tell now that we're back! We'll be updating our blog in the coming weeks with some fun memories from the race as well as updates on how we're already preparing for what's next.

Hopefully those of you who signed up for the post card from Australia perk have received your card in the mail by now (several sources have told me that theirs have arrived). Please contact us ( if yours hasn't reached you yet. We're also in the process of designing the key chain and Thank You plaque perks to send out in the next month, so be on the lookout for those if you are expecting them.

As always, thanks so much for supporting our team; we look forward to continuing to share our projects and adventures with you in the future.





We Made it To Australia!

October 11, 2015

Our team has just completed the 30-hour journey to Darwin! We had a bit of explaining to do to the United Airlines and TSA agents on our way over regarding all of the unique supplies in our carry-on and checked bags (spare circuit boards, suspension components, long-range radios, the usual), but we all have safely arrived (with all our supplies!).  We immediately celebrated by reuniting with Arcturus and working to get everything back in working order (after it's two-month journey around the world) for our track-testing slot tomorrow.

In the flurry of packing, travelling, not to mention trying to best position ourselves for missing 2 weeks of classes, and arranging for Arcturus's return voyage to the US after the race, we wanted to acknowledge the amazing support we have received from all of you. We are excited to announce that, thanks to all of you, we have met and surpassed our $10,000 fundraising goal! Your donations will offer critical support for our activities over the next few weeks. Be sure to check out your personalized cell on our adopt a cell page if you selected that perk.

We'll be updating our blog, twitter, flickr, facebook, and instagram accounts as often as we can over the next two weeks, so please join us on our journey, and thanks again for your support!

We're off to a great start!

September 23, 2015

Thanks to everyone who has been a part of our crowdfunding campaign so far! Be sure to check out the solar cell with your name on it on our adopt-a-cell website. We've also been updating our blog with our final preparations for the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge and some fun stories from our summer adventures.


Our way
of Thanking You


Adopt a Cell

Adopt a Cell on Arcturus! Your name will appear when you mouse over a solar cell on Arcturus on our adopt-a-cell website.

14 of 200 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: September 2015


Postcard from Australia

You will receive a special SEVT post card from Australia with a thank you message that is signed by the team.

14 of 50 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: November 2015


Solar Car Key Chain

Team members will make you a key chain in the silhouette of Arcturus.

8 of 50 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: November 2015


Thank you plaque

A plaque engraved with the silhouette of the car and a thank you message from the team.

1 of 15 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: November 2015


Meet a team member

If you're in the Boston or Cambridge area, you are invited to lunch with a team member to hear about their race experiences as well as a tour of the solar car shop. Donors outside of the area will be invited to meet a team member and be given a tour through a video conferencing session.

0 of 5 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: November 2015


Name on vehicles

Your name will appear on both support vehicles (lead, the car in front of the solar car; chase, the car behind the solar car). Your name will drive the entire race!

1 of 3 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: October 2015


Name on rear-half of Arcturus

Your name or company logo will be visible on the rear-half of the solar car during the race as well as future outreach and publicity events

0 of 2 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: October 2015


Name on front-half of Arcturus

Your name or company logo will be prominently placed on the front-half of the solar car during the race as well as at future outreach and publicity events.

0 of 1 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: October 2015
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