“We need affordable, safe, domestic and clean energy technologies to move people and goods across America. Developing innovative technologies that improve vehicle efficiency and mobility will grow our economy and create jobs “, said the acting assistant secretary of the EERE, Daniel Simmons. “Students in the EcoCAR 3 program are our future technology leaders who will drive the American automotive industry forward.”
Along with the coveted trophy and bragging rights, the Buckeyes become this year’s best and brightest automotive engineering students as they unlock solutions to our nation’s transportation and energy challenges. The team scored 853.7 out of 1000 total points while taking first place in several categories including but not limited to Project Management, Vehicle Design Review and Emissions and energy consumption.
EcoCAR 3 is the latest from the Energy Department Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC) and challenges 16 North American college teams to redesign a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro by incorporating cutting-edge advanced powertrains as well as emerging connected and automated vehicle technologies that are helping to reinvent the future of mobility. During development and demonstration, teams must also maintain technical mastery and expectations of this iconic American car. EcoCAR 3 teams have four years (2014-2018) to turn these ideas into the ultimate fuel-efficient, high-performance vehicle.
The competition included a week of rigorous safety, technical, ride quality and emissions testing by Team Camaros at GM’s Milford Proving Ground in Milford, Mich.. Then the teams had several days of presentations to show the judges how they have developed as the next generation of engineers and business leaders who will be better prepared for the automotive industry and related careers. The presentations took place in washington d.c.with students judged by representatives from industry and government.
“EcoCAR3 is a great program that nurtures future generations of automotive engineers and business people, encouraging them to become true innovators,” said Marc Reuss, GM’s executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain. “This year’s winners – and all the teams – are proof of that. It’s a competition that GM is proud to support.
This year, teams gained hands-on experience building and perfecting their cutting-edge technology vehicles, and incorporated an industry-standard, multi-year vehicle development process. The teams were able to achieve their goal of presenting a fully integrated vehicle capable of driving in electric and conventional mode while maintaining a charge.
AVTCs have long provided a real-world training ground that transcends the traditional classroom setting for students. Through EcoCAR 3, teams are able to demonstrate emerging automotive technologies to help strengthen American competitiveness.
“ohio state have fully integrated their vehicle with impressive attention to detail, and they’ve managed to maintain the heritage of the Camaro while moving it into the future,” said Kristen Wahl, director of the Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition at Argonne National Laboratory. “Innovative thinking and tireless dedication have clearly contributed to the team’s success.”
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Georgia Technology took second and third place respectively. The student teams have now developed and integrated their fuel-efficient powertrains to maximize performance while maintaining the safety and high fuel consumption standards of the Chevrolet Camaro. In the final year of competition, teams will focus on refining controls and engaging the market.
Additional sponsors joining DOE and GM include: MathWorks; National Science Foundation; California Air Resources Council; NXP; AVL Powertrain Engineering; Robert Bosch, LLC; ETAS; PACCAR; dSPACE, Inc.; Snap-on tools; Siemens PLM software; GKN transmission; Transportation Research Center (TRC, Inc.); DENSO; Champlain Cable Corp.; Woodward; Proterra; Ricardo; mentor graphics; new eagle; tesa tape; Vector CANtech, Inc.; Delphi Foundation; EcoMotors; Electrical Energy Research Institute, Inc.; A123 systems; Flextronics; and Samsung SDI.
EcoCAR 3 industry sponsors provided more than $6.1 million in equipment and cash donations, as well as $911 million in software at the 16 participating universities during the first three years. To learn more about the EcoCAR 3 program, please visit www.ecocar3.org.
About EcoCAR 3
EcoCAR 3 is a four-year college engineering program that builds on the successful 26-year history of the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions (AVTCs) by giving engineering students the opportunity to design and build advanced vehicles that demonstrate advanced automotive technologies. General Motors is providing each of the 16 competing teams with a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro, along with vehicle components, start-up funds, technical mentorship and operational support. The DOE and its research and development facility, Argonne National Laboratory, provide competition management, team evaluation, and logistical support. Thanks to this important public/private partnership, EcoCAR 3 provides invaluable experience and training for promising young minds entering the North American job market.