The EcoCAR 2 competition is Purdue University’s first time participating in an Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition. Although Purdue may be rookies to the competition, the EcoMakers have been working closely with General Motors to make sure they are following state-of-the-art vehicle development. General Motors, a headline sponsor for EcoCAR 2, has not only offered technical support and mentorship, but has also donated the 2013 Chevy Malibu and the engine the EcoMakers are using, as well as other various components.
Several people from GM have helped the EcoMakers with analysis and review waivers. Thanks to GM, Purdue also had help fitting the electric motor and battery box into the Malibu. Whenever Purdue’s team runs into trouble, team members are able to reach out to GM for help. For example, one specific issue the EcoMakers encountered occurred when the motor would not fit where it needed to go because of the 5 bar. GM has provided specifications and assistance to help the team re-route the 5 bar.
General Motors has also provided the EcoMakers with a fantastic mentor who is very engaged with the team and provides assistance throughout the competition. Dale Klein has been extremely helpful answering questions and providing a personal connection between the EcoMakers and GM. The EcoMakers are extremely grateful for everything General Motors has provided. The enthusiasm of all the GM employees regarding EcoCAR is encouraging the student competitors, especially when it comes from Purdue alumni at GM. Check out Purdue’s sponsorship video to get an even better idea of GM’s role in helping the EcoMakers through Year Two!