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Photo of two smiling female students inside a white electric car. The Washington Monument looms in the background.

Christie Zangrilli and Ami Mehta from Texas A&M University drive a Global Electric Motorcar on the National Mall during the 2007 Solar Decathlon. Teams scored points for the number of miles driven in the electric cars, which were charged from solar panels on their houses.

Solar Decathlon 2007

Getting Around

(100 points)

In the Getting Around contest, student teams use electricity generated by their solar electric systems on their houses to charge their street-legal, commercially available electric vehicles. Points are awarded based on how many miles each team completes.