After a tour of the Wayne State campus the rear admiral and his staff entered the EcoCAR 2 team garage, where the 2013 Malibu is kept.
Expressing a keen awareness of Detroit’s automotive past and the future of hybrid cars, Harris conversed with the team’s chief engineer, Kevin Snyder. He explained that the armed forces have taken steps to become more fuel-efficient by launching ships with alternative fuel sources. The rear admiral stressed that producing hybridized vehicles is not only a national concern, but also a topic that has taken center stage on the international level.
“This was a great opportunity for WSU’s EcoCAR 2 team to learn about how the U.S. Armed Forces support STEM initiatives, and projects like EcoCAR 2,” said outreach team leader Jessie LeTarte.
As year two of the competition unfolds, EcoCAR 2 team members hope to achieve perfection that will resonate on a global scale.