Team Tuesdays: Virginia Tech

The Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team (HEVT) is a group of engineering students from Virginia Tech working together towards a more sustainable future. HEVT has been participating in Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions (AVTCs) since 1995 and is excited to continue its participation in AVTCs with EcoCAR 2: Plugging In To the Future.

The architecture HEVT has selected for its 2013 Chevy Malibu is a series-parallel plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), similar to the Chevy Volt. The series-parallel PHEV operates with an engine, two electric motors and a high voltage battery system, which allows for the best possible efficiency and a lower impact to the environment. The HEVT vehicle will use both grid electricity and E85 ethanol as energy sources. It will have the ability to operate in all-electric mode on the battery pack and also automatically switch to the engine when the battery runs low on charge, thus extending the range of the vehicle.

Check out the video below for a more in-depth view into HEVT’s EcoCAR 2 team!