Driven To Succeed

  • Local Host Ashley Rohde

A UPR Original Series featuring seven first-year Utah State University students. These USU STARS! GEAR UP students and their mentors from USU’s Sustainable Electrified Transportation Center designed and built a Greenpower single-seat electric car that charges wirelessly from the roadway while in motion. 

Learn more about their experience and future goals during the series Driven To Success, heard only on Utah Public Radio.

This is a 3-part series airing on April 25, May 2 and May 9 during UPR's All Things Considered and Morning Edition. We will also talk about the series on an episode of Access Utah on May 9 at 9 a.m. 

Driven To Succeed programming is brought to you by our members, USU STARS! GEAR UPand Rocky Mountain Power. Supporting student innovation and clean transportation solutions in Utah. Details at 

Driven To Succeed: Race Day Has Finally Arrived

May 9, 2019

The go-cart track at the Utah Motorsports Campus in Erda is a winding loop of asphalt almost a mile long. It is surrounded by the rest of the campus: several large warehouses storing race cars, mechanical equipment of various types and concession counters offering cold drinks, but mostly… asphalt.  

In the UPR original series Driven To Succeed, we’ve been following seven college freshman and their mentors as they work to build a wirelessly powered electric car. In this second installment, we get to know the students a bit better, as they work through the trials of engineering a car using brand new technology.

During this first installment of the UPR original series Driven to Succeed, we follow seven college freshman designing and building a solar-powered electric car using a charging system that allows the driver to power the car in motion. 

During the UPR original series Driven to Succeed we follow students as they prepare a demonstration of an electric car for the annual Greenpower Utah race. The journey begins April 25th on Utah Public Radio.