The final week of the EcoCAR 2 Emissions Testing Event is upon us! Inspections and testing of the first 12 teams’ vehicles was successfully completed last week at the Transportation Research Center, and the remaining three EcoCAR 2 teams – Colorado State University, the University of Washington, and the University of Victoria – are now striving to do the same at Argonne National Laboratory’s Advanced Powertrain Research Facility (APRF).
Argonne’s APRF is capable of testing conventional, hybrid and advanced electrical propulsion systems using a variety of standard and renewable fuels in a precise laboratory environment. EcoCAR 2 vehicles will be tested in Argonne’s Environmental Test Cell (ETC). The ETC allows vehicles to be tested at a temperature range between 20°F to 95°F under simulated sunshine. Additionally, the test cell is fully capable of testing hydrogen fuel cell and hydrogen combustion vehicles. This capability gives Colorado State the opportunity to test their hydrogen fuel cell series PHEV in a controlled laboratory environment.
After the final week of testing, EcoCAR 2 teams will have less than 10 weeks until the Year Three Competition at General Motors Milford Proving Grounds and in Washington, D.C.
Check out the video by the University of Washington, who gives an overview of the EcoCAR 2 program, their team, and what they hope to achieve during their week of testing at Argonne.