Nile created, developed and secured funding support for an exciting STEM education programme, called the ProtoEV Challenge, where student or apprenticeship teams aged 15-18 convert used petrol go-karts into fully electric e-karts, which they eventually test and race to see which is the fastest and most energy-efficient.
Students learn computer-aided-design, 3D printing, battery technologies and electronic controls. Successfully piloted in summer 2018, with the launch of a development series in 2019. ProtoEV acts as an essential innovation platform and testbed for the development of cost-effective propulsion technologies. The commercialisation of new innovations will be supported through a new ProtoEV Championship beginning in 2020, which aims to become a feeder series for Formula E.