The EcoEagles team from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida is very excited to finally make it to their first ever EcoCAR competition, being held in Toronto, Canada the week of June 7-12. After an early arrival on Saturday, June 6, the team finalized their presentations, steeled their nerves and settled in for a week of competition, and camaraderie, with the other sixteen colleges and universities from North America participating in EcoCAR: The Next Challenge.
For this competition, these undergraduate and graduate students designed the HyRev, a power split extended range electric vehicle (eREV) with an all-electric range of 20 miles. Competition events already completed include the trade show event, in which three students presented the team’s complete tradeshow booth to a group of four judges, and the hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) presentation, in which two students gave an overview of the HIL development, including the planning, design and testing, and demonstrated the fully-functional HIL system. Team spirits are high, and everybody feels they have done well at all these events.
The team is looking forward to further competition events, including presentations for the controls, mechanical and electrical systems, a project initiation approval presentation, review of the outreach events and materials and a special sponsor competition for the National Instruments “Most Innovative Use of Graphical System Design” award.
Contributed by Jeanette Barott, a member of the EcoEagles team from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida.