Sponsor Success Thursdays: UWAFT

The Green Garage Blog is proud to introduce a new series of blog posts: “Sponsor Success Thursdays!” For the next 15 weeks, we’ll set Thursday aside to put up a team post and YouTube video highlighting collaboration with one or more of our great sponsors. First up is the University of Waterloo, which collaborated with FleetCarma to design a vehicle that meets customer needs. The video the team produced about this relationship won it the Sponsor Collaboration Video award at this year’s EcoCAR 2 Competition.

When a group of engineers sets out to design a vehicle, especially a plug-­in hybrid electric vehicle where fuel economy is paramount, there is a lot more to think about than the look and feel. In order to connect with the consumer it is important to understand them and their driving habits, so that the specific needs of consumers can be met in the most efficient way possible. What better way to apply this design philosophy than using the driving habits recorded in over 171,675 km of driving data provided by FleetCarma.

When the University of Waterloo Alternative Fuels Team (UWAFT) began to design its EcoCAR, the team looked over all the combinations of fuel types, motor sizes and architectures, and quickly realized there were thousands of different options. The challenge that faced the team was determining the appropriate combination of engine, motors, energy sources and energy storage systems that would meet the majority of customers needs. That’s when the team turned to FleetCarma.

FleetCarma is a division of CrossChasm Technologies Inc. The majority of the team at FleetCarma has graduated from  advanced vehicle competitions similar to EcoCAR 2. The co­‐founder and CEO of CrossChasm, Matt Stevens, was co-­team captain of UWAFT from 2004-‐2006 and participated in Challenge X. Chris Shum was a member of UWAFT during EcoCAR: The Next Challenge and currently works at CrossChasm on the controls engineering team. These two individuals are just a few examples of the opportunities EcoCAR 2 provides to participants.

FleetCarma offers a system to fleet managers to help them make better-­‐informed purchasing decisions when expanding or updating their fleets. The process involves connecting the data logger to current gasoline-powered fleet vehicles for approximately three weeks to collect data on driving distances, locations and driving habits. The information collected is then applied to a vehicle model that simulates how an electric vehicle would perform under the exact same driving habits of the fleet. This information provides the fleet manager with the ability to determine the total cost of ownership of the proposed electric vehicles prior to incorporating them into their fleet.

FleetCarma’s technology helped UWAFT refine the development process to make more informed decisions on vehicle architecture and powertrain components. Their collection process resulted in over 171,000 km worth of driving data, which is equivalent to driving from Vancouver to Halifax 28 times. From this data UWAFT was able to extrapolate and process key metrics including average speed, trip distance, acceleration, power and load requirements. This data was then used to determine driving habits of a broad customer segment. For example, Canadians do not exceed 150km/h top speed and 80% of Canadians drive 70 km or less per day. The collected patterns allowed UWAFT to form a set of technical performance targets that were subsequently incorporated into the design process as guides. The data indicated that we required a design that would allow drivers to travel a minimum of 70 km per trip and therefore UWAFT picked a battery that could support this distance without needing to be recharged. Through UWAFT’s partnership with FleetCarma, the team was able to translate driving habits into technical specifications, which ultimately allowed UWAFT to build a vehicle that meets the documented needs of customers.

FleetCarma is breaking ground in the electric vehicle industry and EcoCAR 2 is proud to have them on board. Their system helps organizations reduce their vehicle cost, fuel consumption and emissions to advance the adoption of electric vehicles now and into the future. Learn more about UWAFT-FleetCarma collaboration in the video below!

When
a
group
of
engineers
set
out
to
design
a
vehicle,
especially
a
plug-­‐in
hybrid
electric
vehicle
where
fuel
economy
is
paramount,
there
is
a
lot
more
to
think
about
than
the
look
and
feel.
In
order
to
connect
with
the
consumer
it
is
important
to
understand
them,
and
more
importantly
their
driving
habits,
so
that
the
specific
needs
of
consumers
can
be
met
in
the
most
efficient
way
possible.
What
better
way
to
apply
this
design
philosophy
than
using
the
driving
habits
recorded
in
over
171,
675
km
of
driving
data
provided
by
FleetCarma.
EcoCAR
2:Plugging
In
To
the
Future
is
three-­‐year
collegiate
student
engineering
competition
that
builds
on
a
23-­‐year
history
of
advanced
vehicle
competitions.
It
is
established
by
US
Department
of
Energy
and
General
Motors
and
is
the
only
program
of
its
kind.
Fifteen
universities
across
North
America
are
challenged
to
re-­‐
engineer
a
2013
Chevrolet
Malibu
to
minimize
energy
consumption
and
reduce
emissions
without
compromising
consumer
acceptability,
performance
or
safety.
EcoCAR
2
provides
students
with
hands
on
automotive
engineering
experience
as
well
as
exposure
to
world-­‐class
organizations
and
industry
standard
tools.
The
University
of
Waterloo
Alternative
Fuels
Team
(UWAFT)
is
a
student
team
comprised
of
undergraduate
and
graduate
students
from
the
University
of
Waterloo
and
Wilfrid
Laurier
University.
UWAFT’s
primary
mandate
is
to
research,
design
and
implement
advanced
vehicle
technologies
using
existing
gasoline-­‐powered
vehicle
platforms.
In
addition
to
technical
research
and
development,
UWAFT
educates
the
public
about
alternative
fuels
and
hybrid
technologies,
while
raising
environmental
awareness
through
public
outreach
events
and
social
media.
As
part
of
the
competition,
each
team
is
required
to
design
a
plug-­‐in
hybrid
electric
vehicle.
When
UWAFT
began
to
design
its
EcoCAR,
the
team
looked
over
all
the
combinations
of
fuel
types,
motor
sizes
and
architectures,
and
quickly
realized
there
were
thousands
of
different
options.
The
challenge
that
faced
the
team
was
determining
the
appropriate
combination
of
engine,
motors,
energy
sources
and
energy
storage
systems
that
would
meet
the
majority
of
customers
needs.
That’s
when
the
team
turned
to
FleetCarma.
FleetCarma
is
a
division
of
CrossChasm
Technologies
Inc.
The
majority
of
the
team
at
FleetCarma
has
graduated
from
previous
advanced
vehicle
competitions,
similar
to
EcoCAR
2.
The
co-­‐founder
and
CEO
of
CrossChasm,
Matt
Stevens,
was
co-­‐team
captain
of
UWAFT
from
2004-­‐2006
and
participated
in
Challenge
X.
Chris
Shum
was
a
member
of
UWAFT
during
EcoCAR:
The
Next
Challenge
and
currently
works
at
CrossChasm
on
the
controls
engineering
team.
These
two
individuals
are
just
a
few
examples
of
the
opportunities
EcoCAR
2
provides
to
participants.
FleetCarma
offers
a
system
to
fleet
managers
to
help
them
make
better-­‐informed
purchasing
decisions
when
expanding
or
updating
their
fleets.
The
process
involves
connecting
the
data
logger
to
current
gasoline
powered
fleet
vehicles
for
approximately
three
weeks
to
collect
data
on
driving
distances,
locations
and
driving
habits.
The
information
collected
is
then
applied
to
a
vehicle
model
that
simulates
how
an
electric
vehicle
would
perform
under
the
exact
same
driving
habits
of
the
fleet.
This
information
provides
the
fleet
manager
with
the
ability
to
determine
the
total
cost
of
ownership
of
the
proposed
electric
vehicles
prior
to
incorporating
them
into
their
fleet.
FleetCarma’s
technology
helped
UWAFT
refine
the
development
process
to
make
more
informed
decisions
on
vehicle
architecture
and
powertrain
components.
Their
collection
process
resulted
in
over
171
000
km
worth
of
driving
data,
which
is
equivalent
to
driving
from
Vancouver
to
Halifax
28
times.
From
this
data
UWAFT
was
able
to
extrapolate
and
process
key
metrics
including;
average
speed,
trip
distance,
acceleration,
power
and
load
requirements.
This
data
was
then
used
to
determine
driving
habits
of
a
broad
customer
segment.
For
example,
Canadians
do
not
exceed
150km/h
top
speed
and
80%
of
Canadians
drive
70
km
or
less
per
day.
The
collected
patterns
allowed
UWAFT
to
form
a
set
of
technical
performance
targets
that
were
subsequently
incorporated
into
the
design
process
as
guides.
The
data
indicated
that
we
required
a
design
that
would
allow
drivers
to
travel
a
minimum
of
70
km
per
trip
and
therefore
UWAFT
picked
a
battery
that
could
support
this
distance
without
needing
to
be
recharged.
Through
UWAFT’s
partnership
with
FleetCarma,
the
team
able
to
translate
driving
habits
into
technical
specifications,
which
ultimately
allowed
UWAFT
to
build
a
vehicle
that
meets
the
documented
needs
of
customers.
FleetCarma
is
breaking
ground
in
the
electric
vehicle
industry
and
EcoCAR
2
is
proud
to
have
them
on
board.
Their
system
helps
organizations
reduce
their
vehicle
cost,
fuel
consumption
and
emissions
to
advance
the
adoption
of
electric
vehicles
now
and
into
the
future.

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