Pittsylvania County Students Build Electric Truck

Pittsylvania Co., VA - Some high school students in Pittsylvania County are putting their mechanical skills to work for a big competition.

They are building their very own electric truck.

The students are gearing up to present the truck at the Electric Vehicle Challenge in April, but their teacher says the skills they're learning will be much more important in the long run.

Senior Dean Rowland says projects like these are what made him want to take classes at the Pittsylvania Career and Tech Center.

"We've challenged the other classes to help us, so this is a total school project, " said Instructor Andrew Nordon.

Principal Jimmie Tickle says it's a good opportunity for students from various departments to come together and learn about the new world of electric vehicles.

"Along with the pride in their work, we hope that they see that what they've done is beneficial. It's something that's sustaining for our environment, " said Tickle.

Once finished, the truck will be capable of going 60 miles per hour.

The competition in April will be stiff, but win or lose, Nordon says these students will be proud of what they have accomplished.

"I think we're going to have a good time. I don't know if we're going to win but we're trying awful hard, " Nordon.

The competition will take place in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina.

After the competition, the students plan to auction the truck and use that money to fund their next electric vehicle project.