At approximately 11:20 AM EDT on November 30, 2010, the NC State EcoCAR team brought their diesel engine to life on not 1, not 2, but 3 cylinders! Now, the vehicle is very close to running as a true series diesel hybrid!
Up until the end of November, the team’s EcoCAR had one bad injector. NC State learned that the injector closest to the flywheel was faulty and had been letting all of the fuel go back to the return, rather than allowing the entire system to pressurize. The moment the team isolated the faulty injector from the fuel system, the EcoCAR’s diesel engine started banging on all 3 cylinders!
Congrats, NC State – definitely a major milestone! We’re looking forward to hearing more from the team throughout Year Three of the competition.