On October 7, Happy Valley was packed with students, alumni, and fans waiting to see the Penn State Nittany Lions take on the Ohio State Buckeyes. While the stadium was bursting with people ready to watch a great football game, a group of students were close by promoting automotive and energy sustainability.
Nestled on the east side of Beaver Stadium near the MorningStar Solar Home, the Penn State and Ohio State EcoCAR teams were setting up shop for a busy day. Despite the football rivalry, Penn State invited Ohio State to a friendly tailgate, giving friends, family, alumni, and visitors an opportunity to see both hybrid vehicles first hand.
At the tailgate, the teams talked about their vehicle designs for both the EcoCAR and Challenge X advanced vehicle technology competitions (AVTC). Many people stopped by and were interested in learning more about the program. The teams shared stories and discussed the benefits of having programs like EcoCAR offered at their universities.
The sustainability tailgate was a great success. Despite the school rivalry, the EcoCAR teams showed fans and tailgaters that while they hold grudges on the field, they can come together for a sustainable cause. Penn State is excited to carry on the tailgate tradition and is looking forward to showing off their EcoCAR next year.