Mitel Corporation Excellence in Planning Awards

Last updated 2000.03.19

Rules for the Mitel Corporation Excellence in Planning Awards

Awarded to high schools that demonstrate a superior approach to analysis and planning for an entry in the Electrathon electric car competition organised by the Electric Vehicle Council of Ottawa.

An award of $250 towards the cost of their project will be presented to each of the ten school teams who submit to Mitel the best overall plans for the design and development of their cars.

Submission Date

The entries for the award must be received by Mitel on or before midnight Monday, 10 April 2000 (EDT), and can be sent by email, regular mail, or drop-off/courier.

Entries should be addressed to:

Electrathon Planning Award,
Mitel Corporation,
350 Legget Drive,
P.O. Box 13089,
Kanata, Ontario, Canada.
K2K 2W7

It is the responsibility of the applicants to ensure that the entry reaches Mitel by the cut-off date. Cheques to qualifying schools will be sent out approximately ten days after the cut-off date. Mitel will receive a list of teams registered for the 2000 EVCO Electrathon as of the cut-off date.


The entries should:

Plan Evaluation Criteria

Plans will be judged primarily on content, although clarity and organisation etc. will be a factor. The feasibility of the design will not be a factor in judging the entry, as the race itself will be the design test. The emphasis of this award is on the quality of the problem analysis and planning, and the involvement of team members with diverse skills. The plans must include:


Entries will be judged by a multidisciplinary team drawn from within the Mitel Communications Systems R & D department. The decisions of Mitel's panel will be final.

Planning Guidelines

The following guidelines are examples of the type of content we would expect to see in each of the above plan sections. Teams are free to include whatever they feel is appropriate in each section, as long as it meets the general intent. The ten page entry limit means that some of this content may have to be summarized.

Engineering analysis

* Aerodynamic drag, rolling resistance, and acceleration force calculations
* Motor torque and power calculations
* Required and available energy and power calculations
* Required overall gear ratios
* Race strategy - optimum acceleration and speed for maximum distance

Design concept

* Wheel arrangement, steering and braking
* Transmission, battery and controller placement
* Seating and driver safety
* Rolling resistance and aerodynamic drag considerations
* Conformance to race rules

Business plan

* Estimated project cost (with contingency allowance)
* Identification of cash sources including known or potential sponsors
* Cash flow analysis

Communications plan

* Identification of stakeholders
* Identification of who needs to know what, and by when
* Sponsorship proposals
* Race application
* Web site authoring and maintenance

Project plan

* Identification of team members
* Identification of roles and responsibilities
* Timeline with critical milestones
* Risk analysis and contingency plans

Return to Econogics Home Page

This Web site created, maintained and sponsored by Econogics, Inc.
All material on this Web site is copyrighted by Econogics, Inc. (unless otherwise noted).
Comments to: Webmaster are welcomed.