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#13 Porsche, the first EV on track at Sear's Point Raceway, early 1990s.
Clare Bell at the wheel. Photo by ElectroAutomotive
As some of you may know, I had a career in electric and alternate-energy vehicles from 1990 to about 2004. I started out by building a Baja Volkswagon EV from a kit and began reporting for the Electric Auto Association's Current EVents newlsetter. #13, a converted 1974 Porsche 914 led me into electric vehicle rallying and racing, including the Arizona Public Service Company's Solar and Electric races from 1992-1998.
#13 prepped for the APS race with experimental high-capacity Horizon batteries.
Photo by WE'RE-IT Women's Electric Racing Team 1993
#13 Porsche on-track at APS Electrics race, Mary Ann Chapman driving
Photo by Clare Bell
The APS Solar and Electric races did a lot to push modern EV technology and they should be recognized as a major factor in devloping today's new EVs. The race saw the first fast-charging and battery-battery dump techniques, the first use of high voltage DC controllers and the first high-power AC controllers as well as many other innovations. I was proud to be a participant.