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NU Solar - Seventh Generation

Raised toward our $12,000 Goal
106 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on November 02, at 12:59 AM EDT
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NU Solar - Seventh Generation

Building a New Solar Car

Who Are We?

The Northwestern University Solar Car Team (NUsolar) is an undergraduate student organization that designs, builds, and races solar-powered vehicles. Our mission is to advance the education and career preparation of Northwestern students by providing hands-on project management, design, and manufacturing experience, while also providing an outlet for students to showcase their skills and commitment to potential employers. By demonstrating the feasibility of solar power, we also promote sustainability and raise awareness of alternative energy in the community.

Project Overview:

Since being founded in 1997, we have built six cars and competed in over 10 races. The team is currently building its seventh solar car, SC7, to compete in the upcoming  American Solar Challenge and Formula Sun Grand Prix. Universities from all around the world participate in these races, providing students with opportunities to not only compete, but learn from one another how to design a better car. SC7’s design reflects the distillation of years of knowledge and experience into a car that represents the next step in developing market-ready solar vehicle applications.

Our new design calls for two high-efficiency motors that power a four-wheel car. Currently, the only motor we have is more than ten years old and no longer in good working condition. Our limited budget prevents us from purchasing these motors on our own, so we’re hoping you can help.

Our Goal:

We hope to raise over $12,000 through your generous support. This will help cover the cost of purchasing two new Mistuba motors and motor controllers. These motors are specially built for solar cars, configured for low power/high torque to improve endurance, and are 98% efficient. They are the motors used by almost all of today's solar car teams around the country.With these motors, we can optimize SC7’s efficiency and performance, pushing the boundaries of what can be accomplished with solar power, and ensuring that the Northwestern Solar Car Team will continue to design, think, and innovate for years to come.

Price Breakdown

One Mitsuba motor costs $11,000. We have already received an $11,000 grant to cover the cost of one motor. The first $11,000 raised by you will go towards purchasing our second motor. The remaining $1000 will go towards the electrical systems we need to integrate the motors into our car.

Any donation, of any amount, will help us make new breakthroughs in the development of alternative energy vehicles. We truly appreciate your support and generosity.

Driven by Innovation, Fueled by the Sun, Funded by You. Thank You.

Choose a giving level



Help us purchase 20 fasteners for the new motors


High-voltage wiring

Help us buy 21.2 ft of high-voltage wire for our new motors.


Outer Casing

Help us buy 1/2 of the outer plastic casing for one of the new motors.



Help us purchase one inner bearing for our new motors



Help us buy one capacitor for the motor control systems



Help us buy the control computer for the motors.


Motor Coils

Help us purchase 3/20 coils in the new motors. Also become a Bronze Level sponsor of our team and get your name on our website.


Silver Sponsor

Become a silver-level sponsor of the solar car team. Get your name on the website and the car, a mention on social media, and a paper certificate commemorating your gift.


Gold Sponsor

Help us purchase an entire motor controller, and become a Gold Sponsor of the solar car team. Get everything in the Silver Sponsor level.


Platinum Sponsor

Become a Platinum Level sponsor of the team and take your place among the our biggest sponsors. Get your name plastered in large on the side of our car, and everything in the Gold Sponsor level.

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