EcoCAR 3 (Image Credit: EcoCar3)
Ohio State University won EcoCAR3 once again. This marks the third consecutive win for the university in the ongoing, four-year Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition.
OSU won EcoCAR3 last year and won the final EcoCAR2 the previous year.
EcoCAR3 Winner Ohio State University (Image Credit: EcoCAR3)
David Friedman, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the Energy Department explained:
"EcoCAR 3 supports the Energy Department's mission to accelerate the development of advanced technologies to reduce vehicle emissions and to increase efficiency so Americans use less petroleum. American energy holds the promise for job creation and a growing economy, and nothing could be more evident than the efforts made by these creative and talented students in the EcoCAR program. These brilliant minds are the pathway of the nation's automotive industry, and their dedication and results are an indication of the bright future ahead of us."
OSU received $10,000 for the win and is already planning for next year's competition. Of the thousand available points, the Buckeyes took 880. This was a result of first place wins in 11 categories and top five ranks in 30 of the total 36 categories. Virginia Tech took second place and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University took third.
The 16 teams each reworked a 2016 Chevy Camaro for the competition. Chevrolet Camaro Vehicle Chief Engineer, Al Oppenhesier said:
"The second year of the four-year competition added a level of complexity that definitely tested each of the 16 EcoCAR 3 teams in reworking the propulsion system of the 2016 Camaro. Even with these new challenges, the students from Ohio State displayed an exceptional ability to integrate their Series Parallel Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) system, transforming this high-performance vehicle into a uniquely eco-friendly alternative. Achieving such results is an impressive feat given the short time that they had with the vehicle."
OSU's Series Parallel PHEV 2016 Chevrolet Camaro was the first to officially meet all safety protocols. The team of students achieved the goals in just a few short months from receiving the car, to winning the competition.
EcoCAR3, run by the U.S. Department of Energy, works to further the reality of the vision and development of eco-friendly vehicles while maintaining power and performance.
EcoCAR 3 is the latest U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC) series and is North America’s premier collegiate automotive engineering competition. The U.S. DOE and General Motors are challenging 16 North American universities to redesign a Chevrolet Camaro into a hybrid-electric car that will reduce environmental impact, while maintaining the muscle and performance expected from this iconic American car.
The Ohio State University– 937
Virginia Tech – 895
University of Waterloo – 847
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – 824
Pennsylvania State University– 772
McMaster University - 767
For full details on the powertrain, battery pack, specs and more for OSU's winning car, refer to this comprehensive article from Engineering.com.