The Ohio State University EcoCAR 2 team is comprised of 35 undergraduate and graduate students who major in everything from photography to mechanical engineering. The team has three main segments: Engineering, Outreach and Business. Ohio State has been participating in Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions (AVTCs) for over 15 years, and recently finished in second place for Year Three of EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge.
For EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future, OSU has chosen to design a Parallel-Series Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV). The vehicle will combine both electricity and ethanol (E85) fuel to power three different operating modes. These operating modes include an all-electric mode and two modes that combine the E85 engine and the battery packs in both a series and parallel modes.
Check out the video below to learn more about the OSU team!