The Colorado State University EcoCAR 2 Vehicle Innovation Team (CSU VIT) recently teamed up with other students from CSU’s Formula SAE team (FSAE) to present their work to the public at the 2012 Denver Auto Show. The auto show, held at the Colorado Convention Center, showcases the newest model year domestic and imported vehicles as well as other emerging green technologies and aftermarket accessories. The show was open to over 60,000 members of the public for five consecutive days, giving the team over 40 hours to discuss the future of automotive technology with thousands of show-goers. Included in the 39 automotive manufacturers present was Chevrolet, proudly displaying the new 2013 Malibu, giving the team a strong reference point for discussing CSU’s EcoCAR 2 design.
Ben Geller, the CSU VIT team lead, reflected on the event: “Presenting at the Denver Auto Show has been another great experience to add to the list of team successes. The show went above and beyond prior outreach efforts by allowing the team to engage thousands of members of the local public individually and personally, educating them on our efforts and discussing the future of automotive technology. The event was a perfect opportunity to compare our efforts with available state-of-the-art vehicles. Its easy to see that our vehicle, and those being developed by other teams in the competition, will continue to push the envelope for engineering achievement. Our efforts will prove to be relevant not only at a collegiate level, but also on the global technology playing field.”
CSU VIT and FSAE team members got hyped up to speak one-on-one with interested members of the public, proudly discussing the work they have performed throughout Year One and plan for Years Two and Three. Attendees had the opportunity to learn about CSU’s hydrogen-fuel cell vehicle architecture and even experiment with the team’s regenerative braking kit. Beyond Eco-conscious consumers, the group engaged many younger students who are interested in pursuing an education in automotive engineering but were previously unsure as to what a college experience in the area might entail. A large number of attendees who approached the group were surprised at the innovation students have achieved and were proud to have such cutting-edge research performed in Colorado.