In this version of EcoCar 2, the 15 college teams
(from schools such as California State University Los Angeles,
Embry-Riddle, Colorado State, Penn State and others) are working
with 2013 Chevy Malibus to meet four technical goals:
Reduce fuel consumption
Reduce well-to-wheel greenhouse gas emissions
Reduce criteria tailpipe emissions
Maintain consumer acceptability in the areas of performance,
utility, and safety
Each team has to develop a power train using one of four fuel
options, gasoline, ethanol, hydrogen, or B20 biodiesel. One team is
working with hydrogen, five teams are working with diesel teams, and
rest are biodiesel, said Benoy, adding that every team is building a
car with a plug-in electric option too.
Kenneth Leslie, a second-year EE working on the Embry-Riddle car,
said participation in the program has taught him how to sacrifice.
"Depending on what you're trying to do with the vehicle, you have to
sacrifice on other objectives," he said.
The Embry-Riddle car, for example, has a focus on consumer
acceptability, specifically maximizing trunk space. "We went with a
slightly smaller battery pack, because we wanted to maximize trunk
space," he said. The EcoEagle
team's series hybrid design includes a 1.7L biodiesel
engine, 25-mile electric range and goes from zero to 60 mph in 9.5
seconds, Leslie said. A particularly intriguing feature is the car's
IDEA (Intelligent Driver Efficiency Advisor) system, original a
thesis from Embry-Riddle student Brandon Smith, which tunes the
vehicle’s performance based on traffic data, GPS positioning,
individual driver preferences, and historical routes taken.
Mathworks, whose software is used in the competition, continues to host
the fall workshop until Sunday Sept. 30. Freescale will
host the winter workshop, scheduled for late January 2013 in Austin,
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Most people look to their cars to fulfill a feeling of self worth and speed is part of that. Until gas prices become much more painful, relatively affluent societies (NA, europe, etc) will continue to buy cars based on HP and 0-60 specs.