Wayne State Hybrid Warriors announce vehicle architecture in elite North American competitionApril 11, 2012
DETROIT (April 11, 2012) - Wayne State University's EcoCAR 2 team today unveiled their hybrid vehicle design at a press event hosted by NextEnergy, a non-profit Detroit-based organization dedicated to accelerating advanced-energy technologies through collaboration. The unveiling is part of "EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future," a competition among engineering students in which 15 North American university teams are competing over three years to convert a gasoline-powered production car into a fully-functional hybrid vehicle. WSU's team, the Hybrid Warriors, which is the only team from Michigan, announced it will implement parallel through-the-road (PTTR) architecture using an E-85 engine to drive the front wheels and two Remy electric motors and Li-Ion batteries to drive the rear wheels of a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu donated by GM for the competition and on display through April 19 at NextEnergy.
The competition, which is sponsored by General Motors and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) along with more than 20 other government and industry leaders, gives students the opportunity to gain real world eco-friendly automotive engineering experience while striving to further improve the energy-efficiency of an already highly-efficient vehicle. Much like the challenges facing automakers, EcoCAR 2 students must balance the challenge of increasing the vehicle's energy efficiency and reducing the vehicle's greenhouse gas emissions and petroleum consumption with maintaining the performance, safety and overall consumer acceptability of the original Malibu.
The Wayne State EcoCAR 2 team also announced a new garage location at the press conference. The garage, located in the College's Engineering Technology building on the corners of Anthony Wayne Drive and Warren Avenue in Detroit, will allow students the necessary space to convert the vehicle.
"Our students have been working for nearly a year to design the modifications necessary to convert a gasoline-powered production car into a fully-functional hybrid vehicle," said Jerry Ku, associate professor, EcoCAR 2 faculty advisor and director of the Electric-drive Vehicle Engineering Graduate Program. "They chose PTTR architecture because it represents the best combination of vehicle performance, design creativity and meaningful learning opportunities."
According to Ku, the team will receive the donated 2013 Malibu in June and then will rebuild based on the architecture and refine over the next two years.
"On behalf of the Wayne State University College of Engineering, I would like to applaud our students on their efforts in designing a hybrid vehicle for EcoCAR 2," said College of Engineering Dean Farshad Fotouhi. "This competition gives our students an edge, providing them with hands-on experience that they can build upon in their professional careers. We are thrilled to be the only Michigan institution participating in this competition along with 15 other schools throughout North America, and thank all those involved for making this possible for our students."
"The future in hybrid technology is happening now," said Patrick Davis, program manager of DOE's Vehicle Technologies Program. "It used to be that we were on the edge of this type of technology - now we are there and these students are attempting to take it even further."
Team Photo: (Left to right) Rahul Harish, EcoCAR2 mechanical team leader, AET MS student; Jeff Rednour, EcoCAR2 outreach coordinator, communications MS student; Farshad Fotouhi, College of Engineering dean; Jerry Ku, EcoCAR 2 faculty advisor and director, Electric-drive Vehicle Engineering Graduate Program; Jagjit Singh, EcoCAR2 electrical team leader, EVE MS student; Kevin Snyder, EcoCAR2 chief engineer; EVE MS student; Xiao Liu, EcoCAR2 GRA, ME MS student.
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