Saturday, May 12, 2018      10:00am – 4:00pm
Chicago Merchandise Mart, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654 (map)

Curious about electric and hybrid cars? Or building your own race car??  You can test-drive a Nissan LEAF, Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid, Sonata Hybrid, Chevy Bolt, Tesla Model S, and Tesla Model X. Plus check out Formula, Baja and Solar race cars designed and built by engineering students and learn how they compete with them!

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After you’ve heard science speakers and seen demos up on the Mart’s 12th floor for Science Expo, step out to the front Mart driveway. Illinois Science Council is fortunate to partner with the Chicago Area Clean Cities coalition to educate people about the use of clean fuels and clean fuel vehicles throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. Cars will be parked along the driveway with representatives who can answer all your questions and you can take a free test-drive!

Nissan Leaf - ComEd


Nissan will have their new electric LEAF vehicle you can test-drive (or ride along) for FREE. While you test drive the Nissan LEAF you can learn about Nissan’s partnership with ComEd which is providing  customers and employees the opportunity to purchase the all new, all electric 2018 Nissan LEAF at a savings of up to $3,000 plus a potential tax credit of up to $7,500 through June 30.

Hyundai 2018-Ioniq-hybridHyundai will have both the Ioniq Hybrid and the Sonata plug-in Hybrid for you to take for a spin as well. While test driving the Hyundai Ioniq, you can learn about some of the vehicle’s benefits such as a lifetime battery warranty along with America’s Best Warranty. Learn about owning this vehicle with 0% financing for 60 months until May 31st.
Hyundai 2017--Sonata-hybrid-plug-inWhile test driving the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, get information about the special financing options such as 0.0% financing for up to 60 months PLUS $2,000 HMF Bonus Cash (5/3/2018 – 5/31/2018 or $3,500 Total Savings (Retail Bonus Cash) (5/3/2018 – 5/31/2018).

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Illini Solar Car is a student team at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that designs and builds road legal solar electric vehicles. In summer 2017 the team completed their first vehicle, Argo, took part in the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia with 40 team from across the world. In July the team will race Argo 1774 miles along the Oregon Trail from Omaha, NE to Bend, OR at the 2018 American Solar Challenge.

IIT Formula Electric car 2018


IIT (Illinois Institute of Technology) Motorsports competes this year in its 10th consecutive year in Formula SAE competition against 20 other universities.  Formula SAE is a student design competition which is organized by SAE International (Society of Automotive Engineers). Every year, student design teams are tasked to develop a small formula-style race car for a fictional manufacturing company. The prototype race car is evaluated on a variety of attributes during the annual competition.

UIC Formula Race car 2018

UIC (University of Illinois at Chicago) Motorsports is a student organization that partakes in design competitions organized by SAE International. The team has been competing in Baja since the mid-1970’s and Formula starting in 2007. Each year the team must design, manufacture, and compete both vehicles facing other universities from around the world. The competitions test the students’ ability to practically design, cost, and manufacture parts to form a fully functional vehicle.  UIC Baja Race Car 2018




Chevy BOLT 2018
Chevy Bolt
Tesla Model S
Tesla Model S
Tesla Model X
Tesla Model X








Don’t forget to go up to the 12th floor in The Mart where  ScienceExpo features a full day of incredible talks, demos and activities on May 12 from 10am-5:30pm.