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February 10, 2023

Vehicle Club designs winter-ready 3-wheel bike

Written By: Caitlin Scott



Each year the UW-Madison Human Powered Vehicle Team designs and builds a bicycle-like conveyance and competes in an American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)-sponsored competition among schools. These vehicles are now allowed to be electric-assist.

The Madison team isn’t the only group to design, build & compete in ASME-sponsored competitions, but they may be the only ones to test their vehicle on a frozen lake. Thanks to team president Teekay Kowalewski and faculty advisor Prof. Frank Pfefferkorn for sharing video of their recent test drive on Lake Mendota.

Kimberly Wethal of the Wisconsin State Journal recently profiled the team.
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Frozen lake test drive
UW-Madison Human Powered Vehicle Team test drive on the frozen lake.