Safety and technical inspectors from Argonne National Labs (ANL), General Motors and New Eagle visited the Colorado State University (CSU) Motorsports Engineering Research Center (MERC) March 11-15, to conduct Week Two of Regional Inspections. The CSU MERC was the first-time host for these inspections, and it housed vehicles from the University of Washington, the University of Victoria, and California State University: Los Angeles.
Inspectors got a jump start looking over the CSU Vehicle Innovation Team’s (VIT) vehicle (entitled “H2eV”) and reviewed CSU’s approach of using compressed hydrogen gas as a fuel. Although last minute setbacks did not allow CSU to demonstrate a driving vehicle for the inspection, a large majority of the final vehicle systems were present during vehicle inspection.
CSU’s vehicle design is unique, with the team’s energy storage system in the center of the vehicle and the hydrogen tanks in the trunk. These aspects make CSU’s inspection different from all others.
“The students should be very proud of their work to get the vehicle prepared for regional inspections,” said Dr. Thomas Bradley, CSU EcoCAR 2 Faculty Advisor. “Our students’ work is demonstrating CSU’s unique brand of innovation to this broad and influential audience.”
The CSU VIT received valuable feedback from inspectors on different aspects of vehicle design and construction. Immediately following the inspection, the CSU VIT hit the ground running on completing the H2eV build and testing phases. The CSU VIT is excited to show inspectors the progress they will make over the next seven weeks and look forward to the Year Two Competition in May.