The Ohio State EcoCAR 2 team was invited to attend the Washington D.C. Auto Show recently for Public Policy Preview Day! While there, the team got to meet with media, policy makers, and General Motors executives. Even the president of General Motors North America, Mark Reuss, stopped by to talk with the team. He was very impressed by all the hard work EcoCAR 2 teams do and he is looking forward to seeing how the vehicles turn out at the end of the competition.
The 2nd place SUV designed by the OSU team from the EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge was on display next to HEVT (Virginia Tech’s team) and a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. The team had a great time talking about the benefits of the EcoCAR 2 competition and would like to thank the D.C. Auto Show organizers for the invitation!
Soon after the Auto Show, the OSU team headed to Austin for EcoCAR 2’s Winter Workshop. On the first day of the workshop, the team set up its HIL (Hardware in the Loop) to make sure everything was running properly. The HIL, from dSpace Inc., is a very helpful tool that allows the team to simulate different scenarios on its vehicle. But the best part was that it only took an hour to set up! Afterwards, OSU joined the rest of the EcoCAR 2 competitors for a wonderful dinner at the Thurman Mansion. They had the chance to try Austin’s famous BBQ from Salt Lick, and it definitely lived up to its reputation!
Day two of Winter Workshop was also filled with activities. Both the Business and the HIL presentations were given in front of 12 judges. The OSU presenters’ hard work paid off and they did a great job. The Outreach team also visited a local middle school with some of the other schools. They taught middle school kids about EcoCAR 2, advanced vehicle technologies and the environmental effects of conventional vehicles.
The team had a great time in Austin thanks to all of the wonderful organizers and sponsors. Special thanks to Freescale for hosting the event at their facility!