At the end of April, the University of Waterloo Alternative Fuels Team (UWAFT) held an EcoCAR Educational Luncheon to showcase their hydrogen fuel-cell plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (FC-PHEV). During the event, the team explained the engineering, ecological and social opportunities and challenges of the technology in their vehicle. While the car wasn’t yet running on its own power, the attendees were still eager to see some of the powertrain components in their respective places in the vehicle. All of the components from the front to rear of the vehicle were explained during a sort of adult ‘show-and-tell’ session for the crowd in attendance.
The educational luncheon was also a great opportunity to reach out to influencers in the public, private and non-profit sectors. While there were many representatives from the three sectors in the audience, the event also featured speeches from Harold Albrecht, elected Member of Parliament for the Kitchener-Conestoga riding, Dr. Adel Sedra, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at University of Waterloo and Dan Mepham, the team’s General Motors mentor.