To effectively address today’s energy and related environmental issues, partnerships are essential. In addition to collaboration among the university’s many energy and related research laboratories, Ohio State facilitates a myriad of external relationships (formal and informal, collaborative and consultative, sponsor and client) with other academic institutions, government agencies, nonprofit organizations and Ohio-based businesses as well as national and multinational corporations. These partnerships advance our goal of positioning Ohio State as the land-grant institution leader in energy issues.
Ohio State EcoCar3 Team Begins Four-Year Competition
The Ohio State University’s EcoCAR student team has been selected to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy’s EcoCAR3. Managed by Argonne National Laboratory, EcoCAR3 is a competition among student teams from 16 prestigious North American universities. This four-year competition began in September and will conclude in 2018. The competition challenges students to redesign a Chevrolet Camaro to be more environmentally friendly. Student teams partner with DOE and General Motors, as well as many automotive supplier companies, to redesign their vehicles.
Ohio State’s team consists of 40 student volunteers whose majors span from mechanical, electrical, computer, and software engineering to communications, marketing, and project management.
Teams will receive the Camaro that they must reconstruct to minimize fuel consumption and reduce emissions, while meeting energy and environmental goals and cost and innovation considerations. The goal is for teams to produce a showroom ready, hybrid electric Chevrolet Camaro, which is both energy efficient and maintains the muscle car persona that is loved by drivers. Teams will incorporate alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions.
In June 2014, Ohio State’s EcoCAR team was named winner of the 2014 EcoCAR 2 competition. They were challenged to reengineer a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu with better energy storage, electric drive, and ethanol fuel engine technology. The cars were then judged on the competitors’ ability to reduce the environmental impact of the Malibu without compromising performance, safety, and consumer acceptability.
To kick-off the EcoCAR3 competition, Ohio State hosted the fall workshop in October, for all 16 universities invited to compete. This is the first time a university has hosted an advanced vehicle technology competition (AVTC) workshop. The workshop gave the students a crash course in what to expect in the competition as well as information on the components and software they will be using. The workshop allowed student teams to network and connect with some of the sponsoring companies.
The following schools have also been selected to compete in EcoCAR3:
- Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ)
- California State University (Los Angeles, CA)
- Colorado State University (Fort Collins, CO)
- Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Daytona Beach, FL)
- Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA)
- McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada)
- Mississippi State University (Starkville, MS)
- Ohio State University (Columbus, OH)
- Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA.)
- University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL)
- University of Tennessee (Knoxville, TN)
- University of Washington (Seattle, WA)
- University of Waterloo (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada)
- Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA)
- Wayne State University (Detroit, MI)
- West Virginia University (Morgantown, WV)
Ohio State’s EcoCAR team is always looking for more students to join. For more information, contact the team through their facebook page (www.facebook.com/osuecocar), twitter handle (@OSUEcoCAR) or website (ecocar.osu.edu).