The Odyssey of Georgia Tech’s EcoCAR

To continue this week’s coverage of Odyssey Day, we invite you to imagine how much fuel metro Atlanta could save if all the motorists and business fleets in the region used high-efficiency, alternative-fuel vehicles. Now, imagine what would happen if the same thing happened in cities all over the U.S.

Georgia Tech’s EcoCAR Team and Clean Cities Atlanta, a government-industry partnership sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, offered a preview of that vision at its National Alternative Fuel Vehicles Day Odyssey on October 15 at Georgia Tech’s Kessler Campanile.

The Odyssey was part of a nationwide effort to reduce America’s consumption of foreign oil. According to Don Francis, executive director of Clean Cities Atlanta, “Far too many people are unaware of recent advances, and business owners will be surprised by how much a switch to alternative fuel can save over time in their operations budget. The Odyssey included a wealth of good ideas, innovation and food for thought.”

The Georgia Tech team is working to double its car’s city mileage and increase its highway efficiency by 40 percent by replacing the 2.4 liter engine with a 1.6 liter ethanol engine. They will also add a hybrid transmission, electric motor and gearing and a lithium ion battery pack. “We were happy to show how the Georgia Tech community can help solve the environmental and national security issues facing the country,” said Ryan Melsert, Georgia Tech’s EcoCAR team leader.

Watch a quick video recap of Georgia Tech’s Odyssey Day:

Stay tuned for all of the Real Time BuzZ action: we will be tweeting (GTEcoCAR) and facebooking (become a fan: GT EcoCAR Team) during Year Three!