17-year-old Brent Singleton Emerging As Electric Vehicle Innovator

Brent's Quadbrid tow-car and electro-dragster is the world's first fully sustainable race outfit. Photo courtesy of Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association

Published: 05-May-2006

Brent Singleton is an emerging leader in electric vehicle design. A 17-year-old junior at Bonneville High School, he was featured in the February 2005 issue of Car and Driver magazine’s “Got Hybrid?” issue. He purchased a dismantled hybrid vehicle from Weber State University for his science fair and Eagle Scout project and modified it to become the first hybrid land speed racer. He has raced his unique vehicle in hybrid and zero-emissions mode at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Wendover, Utah. To help with his daily drive to school, he added solar panels (Tribrid) and wind generators (Quadbrid) to recharge his 96-volt electric motor system while he is in class.

When Brett travels to various racing venues, his Quadbrid tows his other race car, the National Hot Rod Association’s first electric powered junior dragster. Brett’s Quadbrid tow-car and electro-dragster is the world’s first fully sustainable race outfit. His Web site, International Alternatives Fuels Racing Association (, promotes the latest in alternative fuels racing records and raises a challenge to be more “environmentally friendly and fast!”

Brett races for education and public awareness about alternative fuel vehicles and to help preserve the Bonneville Salt Flats. His science project monitored the salt crust and brine evaporation at the flats to better understand its complexity and the possible causes of its thinning crust. His research project also required coordination with U.S. Bureau of Land Management scientists and officials from the salt extraction company to help find solutions to reduce shrinkage and improve the salt-making conditions to this unique environment.


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