November 2008 - 2009
Ticket Sales began in November 2008 and continued through February 2009. In March, the winning ticket was drawn by Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources Preston Bryant during his visit to Virginia Tech. Drawing of winning ticket took place on March 20th and the winner presented with the car on April 10th.
The car being raffled was a two-seat GEM e2 produced by Daimler-Chrysler. It is street legal and, because it uses no gas, costs about $60 per year to operate. The GEM e2 produces no emissions and can be charged on any regular household outlet. Tickets were sold for $10 each; the team raised nearly $10,000 for their project. All proceeds went to support the team’s Solar Decathlon project.
The raffle was conducted through the American Institute of Architecture Students.