In 1994, BGSU's Electric Vehicle Institute built an electric-powered race car. A prototype for zero-emission vehicles, the Electric Falcon won the Lightning Electric Car Championship, and served as a research platform for the development of motor, controller and drive train components for many University projects.
Now retired, the Electric Falcon will be on permanent display at the Crawford Auto Aviation Museum in the Western Reserve Historical Society (WRHS) in Cleveland. An event marking the donation will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, inside the museum.
"A primary focus of the Historical Society's current mission is to tell the stories of northeast Ohio's automotive entrepreneurship and innovation," said Dr. Gainor Davis, WRHS president and CEO. "The Electric Falcon is a marvelous addition to our Crawford collection; it enriches our ability to discuss the long history of alternative energy-driven automobiles in our region."
"We took this challenge in 1993 to get involved with convincing the public that electric vehicles were a potential solution to our environmental issues," said Barry Piersol, assistant to the dean of the College of Technology. "Through a series of patents that were developed throughout the process, we were quite successful with the race car. We really felt those accomplishments should live on. The Crawford Auto Aviation Museum has a very strong collection of historic electric vehicles, and the Electric Falcon fits right in."