It has been a thrilling year for the EcoCAR 3 competition and it was Ohio State University who took home first place title. The Year Three competition included a week of rigorous safety, technical, drive quality and emissions testing of the team Camaros at the General Motors Milford Proving Ground in Milford, Michigan. Teams also had several days of presentations to show judges how they have developed as the next generation of engineers and business leaders who will be better prepared for the auto industry and related careers. Presentations took place in Washington, D.C., with students judged by industry and government officials.
The Ohio State University team showed all-around excellence in Year Three. The team excelled with the components they chose and the unique ways they have integrated them into their vehicle. Impressively, the students produced a reliable, well-designed drive-line to incorporate a P3 motor using a stock component.
“Ohio State fully integrated their vehicle with impressive attention to details, and they managed to maintain the legacy of the Camaro while moving it into the future,” said Kristen Wahl, director of the Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition at Argonne National Laboratory. “Innovative thinking and tireless devotion clearly contributed to the team’s success.”
In addition, the Ohio State team tackled the difficult task of using an automated manual transmission, which has allowed the team to have increased control over their transmission, resulting in an even more efficient vehicle. Overall, the year was a huge success for all aspects of the team.
We would also like to congratulate the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Georgia Tech teams for coming in second and third place, respectively.
It’s been a great year of EcoCAR 3 and we look forward to seeing all of the incredible work each team will bring to Year Four!