EcoCAR 2: Plugging in to the Future
Americans love their cars and love driving them. Let’s drive smarter, and who better to give us the opportunity than the students in school today who will be designing the cars of tomorrow. Established by the DOE and General Motors, EcoCAR 2: Plugging in to the Future is a three-year collegiate engineering competition that aims to educate the next generation of automotive engineers through hands-on, real-world engineering experience. The competition challenges teams from16 North American universities to reduce the environmental impact of vehicles without compromising performance, safety and consumer acceptability.
The technical goals of the competition challenge the teams to construct and demonstrate vehicles and powertrains that, when compared to the production gasoline vehicle:
– Reduce petroleum energy consumption on the basis of a total fuel cycle analysis;
– Reduce fuel consumption;
– Reduce well to wheel greenhouse gas emissions;
– Reduce criteria tailpipe emissions;
– Maintain consumer acceptability in the area of performance, utility, and safety.
EcoCAR 2 requires students to follow a specific real-world engineering regimen modeled after GM’s Global Vehicle Development Process and will be given a Chevrolet Malibu, donated by General Motors, as the platform for their advanced vehicle design. Thirteen sponsor companies will provide the hardware, software, training, and support the teams need to integrate technologies into their competition vehicles. Sponsors will be able to promote their technologies and observe how they perform during use.
The competition will be managed by Argonne National Laboratory.
To see the list of participating teams, visit www.ecocar2.org/teams.html
EcoCAR 2 sponsors, who will provide participating teams with math simulation software, automotive propulsion systems, programs, and mentoring support include:
- Natural Resources Canada
- California Air Resources Board
- Clean Cities
- dSPACE, Inc.
- A123Systems, Inc.
- Freescale Semiconductor
- AVL Powertrain Engineering, Inc.
- Snap-On Tools
- Robert Bosch, LLC
- Siemens PLM Software
- Vector CANtech