Press Releases

TransOptions Sponsors Hydrogen-Powered Model Car Competition

As an increasing number of schools incorporate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) skills into their curriculum.  TransOptions continues to advance these studies by hosting its seventh annual Hydrogen Fuel Cell Model Car Challenge on December 12, 2012, at New Providence High School. 


Student teams design, build and race model cars that run on hydrogen simulating real life engineering.  Just prior to their race, the teams will produce hydrogen though a process known as electrolysis that will power the fuel cell stack.  

Multiple rounds of elimination races are held with the two fastest cars racing against each other to determine the speed competition winner. 

Teams are also required to submit a documentation portfolio illustrating the concept, design and development of their model cars.

Prizes are also awarded for craftsmanship, engineering, best use of recycled materials and the documentation portfolio at an awards ceremony held at the culmination of the Challenge.

Developed by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Model Car Challenge is one of the “hands-on” activities used in the National Science Bowl, held each year near Washington, D.C.


Students from high schools throughout northwest New Jersey will test their ability to produce hydrogen to energize the fuel cells powering their model cars.


Wednesday, December 12, 2012 from 9:00 am to approximately 12 noon. Awards will be presented at the conclusion of the races. 


New Providence High School, 35 Pioneer Drive, New Providence, NJ  07974


The Challenge demonstrates TransOptions’ ongoing commitment to environmental education,” comments TransOptions President, John F. Ciaffone.  Our sponsorship provides an opportunity for future drivers to learn first-hand about alternative fuels that reduce air pollution,” he adds.

As the non-profit Transportation Management Association for northwest New Jersey, TransOptions annually sponsors the Challenge at no cost to the participating students, schools and municipalities

For additional information about the Challenge, contact Cindy Reuther at 973-267-7600.