GM’s Thomas Stephens Pays EcoCAR a Visit

It was a busy day in the MPG pits on Friday with the fifth day of competition in full swing. The teams were focused on competing the dynamic testing and in addition to interacting with the media, the students had the opportunity to meet Thomas Stephens, vice chairman and global chief technology officer for General Motors. Mr. Stephens’ role is to anticipate and develop advanced technologies for integration into GM vehicles – so the program was right up his alley!

Thomas Stephens (center) with Kent Helfrich, executive director, electronic controls and software for General Motors (left) and John Haraf, director of hybrid vehicle integration and controls for General Motors (right)

Mr. Stephens was impressed by the teams’ vehicle technologies and was eager to hear about their EcoCAR experience and plans for after the competition.

Mr. Stephens talks to Lynn Gantt, Virginia Tech Co-Team leader, about the team's EcoCAR in the MPG pits

A major thank you to Mr. Stephens for visiting – it was an honor!