The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (RHIT) EcoCAR 2 team was given the opportunity to attend Odyssey Day in Indianapolis’ White River State Park. Odyssey Day is recognized as National Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Day in the United States. The event was hosted by the Greater Indiana Clean Cities Coalition, which also plays a significant role in EcoCAR 2. Clean Cities provides monetary funds for EcoCAR’s engineering, outreach, and business teams to continue to improve as teams proceed into year two of the competition.
During Odyssey Day, about 150 companies, vehicle manufacturers and organizations set up displays sharing information about their part in the alternative fuel industry. Several eco-friendly vehicles were on display for observation and attendees were able to ask questions about how to make a sustainable hybrid vehicle without compromising performance or safety. RHIT was honored to advocate the EcoCAR 2 competition at this popular event. The team discussed its innovative ideas with other alternative fuel companies and entrepreneurs striving for more eco-friendly transportation. There were several educational presentations on alternative fuel options, green technology, and production. Crowds gathered to listen to several companies and manufacturers speak about how they have redesigned the automotive industry.
This year’s event marked the tenth anniversary of Odyssey Day, and roughly 160 events took place nationwide. RHIT’s EcoCAR 2 team gained significant knowledge about other alternative fuel options, the engineering behind these vehicles, and how the team might distribute them cost-effectively. Odyssey Day provided the opportunity for the RHIT EcoCAR 2 team to recognize how EcoCAR 2 can positively influence the automotive industry on a national level.