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SC Solar Car - Road to the 2020 American Solar Challenge

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Project has ended
Project ended on June 29, at 12:00 PM PDT
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SC Solar Car - Road to the 2020 American Solar Challenge

The Southern California Solar Car Team is a diverse, interdisciplinary group of talented undergraduate and graduate students dedicated to the pursuit of designing, building, and racing USC’s first ever solar powered race vehicle. Our goal is to provide students with a rare, hands-on opportunity to apply their engineering, business, marketing, and outreach skills to a unique project that seeks to inspire and train students for a fast paced, quickly evolving workforce. We pride ourselves on making student learning and enrichment a priority as we know the skills and knowledge gained from this project will be key assets in the future of our team members.  

Our Mission

Our team is working hard to successfully construct and race our solar powered race vehicle, Traveler I.

This vehicle has been the culmination of the hard work our members have dedicated to this team for the past three years. We are confident that the completion of this vehicle will help pave the way for further research into revolutionary transportation and green energy technologies here in Southern California. Our team is committed to inspiring the next generation of innovators, visionaries, and responsible citizens.

This past year, our team has visited our counterparts in Northern California to discuss solar transportation and the benefits of clean, renewable energy. This summer we’re showcasing our vehicle at local Southern California museums to share the possibilities of solar energy and inspire others to pursue careers in technology, research, and green energy.  We are working hard to encourage and support the use of sustainable transportation which is an extremely important initiative for the USC community. Through various outreach, such as attending events, including science fairs, guest lectures, auto shows, and educational programming, we hope to educate and inform the surrounding community about the necessity of sustainable technology.

Our Goal

Our team is raising funds so that we can participate in the 2020 American Solar Challenge (ASC), a cross-country race spanning nearly 2000 miles. Last year, the competition followed the famous Oregon Trail, starting in Omaha, Nebraska and finishing in Bend, Oregon. The competition sees participation from teams all over the country, including the University of Michigan, Stanford University and MIT.  

Through this campaign we are hoping to raise $3,000 which will go directly towards funding transportation and competition expenses for our race in July 2020. As we are closing in to the actual competition, your gift will be extremely crucial in funding the logistics of launching a cross country race campaign next summer. The most substantial cost is the vehicle rental expenses required to bring the car to the starting location of the race.

Project Timeline

With most of our designs complete, the main focus of our team is now manufacturing and integration of the various components. We are on track to complete the mechanical foundation of the car this summer, after which the main focus will be testing and refining the various systems within the car. With the competition in July 2020, we allocated to have the Fall of 2019 for redesign and design improvements, and we dedicated Spring 2020 to testing and refining, and acquiring the necessary documentation and inspection approvals for the vehicle to be registered as street-legal under the California DMV.  

Please help us to complete our car AND help us make it to the American Solar Challenge in 2022.   No matter the size of your gift, EVERY GIFT WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE.  Only with your support can we make this happen.

We Thank You in Advance for Your Support! FIGHT ON!  

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The University of Southern California is a 501(c)(3) organization, so gifts and donations to USC are considered charitable contributions.  Gifts in support of the Student Projects Fund are tax-deductible in accordance with State and Federal law.  Donors to USC should contact their tax advisor or tax accountant when inquiring about their individual tax consequences. USC’s federal tax I.D. number is 95-1642394.  


Make sure to come back and check out our “Updates” tab for news about our campaign, as well as to see YOUR NAME posted as one of our loyal donors. Our sincerest thanks for your generosity and support. 

If you have any questions about this campaign or would like to remain an anonymous donor on our “Updates” page, please contact Jane Ong, Associate Director of Annual Giving, USC Viterbi Advancement, at

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SC Solar Car Spectator

Thank you for your gift! In appreciation for your support, we will send you a thank you email and video from our team.


SC Solar Car Fan

Thank you! As a token of our gratitude, we will place your name on our website’s donor wall in addition to sending you a thank you email and video from our team.


SC Solar Car Enthusiast

Thank you for making a difference! As a thank you, we will send you a signed photo from our team, along with a thank you video and being listed on our donor wall!


SC Solar Car Supporter

To thank you for making a gift at our SC Solar Car Supporter level, please accept our exclusive invitation to tour our workshop, along with getting our thank you video and being listed on the donor wall.


SC Solar Car Team Donor

We are grateful for your support! As a thank you, we will send you an official SC Solar Car t-shirt along with a thank you email and video from our team.


SC Solar Car Patron

To thank you for your generous gift at our SC Solar Car Patron level, we will send you an invitation to our donor thank you BBQ with your official SC Solar Car t-shirt. We will also send you the thank you email and video, and list you on our donor wall.


SC Solar Car V.I.P.

To show our sincerest appreciation for your generous gift of $500 (or more) at our SC Solar Car V.I.P. level, we will send you an invitation to sit inside of the solar car along with a solar car t-shirt that is signed from the members of our team, in addition to a thank you email and video from our team.