Ohio State University Wins EcoCAR3 Challenge With PHEV Chevrolet Camaro


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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

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.

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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.

Top six:

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.

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Good job to all these students that took place in this project.

I hope GM and other companies can take some of the ideas out of these and bring them to the streets!

I was really hoping to learn more about the car and what it’s specifications are.. Range, acceleration times, packaging of battery, etc.

Yeah, me too, but nothing?

“For full details on the powertrain, battery pack, specs and more for OSU’s winning car, refer to this comprehensive article from Engineering.com.”

If you actually clicked on the link, you would have found some of the information you were looking for…

They don’t give all performance figures. But following some interesting facts.

the gasoline engine and the electric motor operate in parallel, delivering nearly 300 horsepower and a top speed of 137 km/h (85 mph). (Slower than SparkEV!)

Electric motor: 150 hp and 250 Nm of peak torque, while weighing only 45 kg (100 lbs) (1.5 HP/lb, little better than SparkEV?)

It’s paired with a 2.0L GDI E85 engine, which puts out 160 hp and weighs 102 kg (225 lbs) (0.71 HP/lb, gas engine sucks, even this one)

18.9 kWh LiFePO4 (Lithium Iron Phosphate) battery pack made by A123 Systems. [ At 204 kg (450 lb), … The battery bank gives the car a range of 72 km (45 mi) on electric power alone (with slightly bigger battery than SparkEV, range is almost half)

I sure they limited the SOC to 20-80%, hence the aer difference.

A123 cells have the ability to go to 100% DOD…

“Cycle Life at 10C Discharge, 100% DOD >1,000 cycles ”

So my guess is they probably went to 95% DOD.

I’ve always wondered a few things about these contests.

1. Who pays for the car they are modifying?
2. How much did they spend on the modifications?

It runs on battery up to 45 miles and then runs on E85 Ethanol/gas. The information is posted on the Gas2 website. http://gas2.org/2016/05/30/ohio-state-wins-ecocar3-challenge/

This is the way all plug-in hybrids should be capable of running. E85 is a great performance fuel, and when the engine is built to optimize use of the high octane properties, you can get as good as or better mpg than regular gas. I know this will bring out the misinformed Ethanol haters, but the fact remains, Ethanol is a superior fuel, burns cooler,cleaner, and provides more complete combustion therefore less is wasted.

Most importantly, the car buyer should have the choice. If you don’t like Ethanol, don’t use it, but the auto makers should make it an option on all cars.

Where did the batteries go? Any truck space left?

The battery is located under the floor like the bolt, model S, and spark ev. It’s a rear wheel drive. 0-60 in under 6 sec.

I’d like to see the rank for all 16 schools and what MPH and MPGe they were each able to produce.