One of the benefits of Virginia Tech’s VTREX is its electric vehicle (EV) capability. To ensure the car runs as efficiently as possible in this year’s competition, the team has upgraded the rear electric traction motor and designed a custom subframe to mount it. The new motor is more powerful and more efficient, and therefore will help the team meet its target gasoline equivalence of 100 miles per gallon, while offering excellent acceleration.
Installing the rear traction electric motor and subframe took the engineers about two weeks to complete. Taking their time allowed the team to make sure everything was installed properly and would pass the EcoCAR Competition safety requirements. HEVT is currently testing their vehicle at the Spring Workshop at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s facility in Ann Arbor, MI.
Check out the video below to see Kat from HEVT run down the team’s latest modifications, and stay tuned for more updates from the Spring Workshop!