Call it a Green Garage upgrade. The UVic EcoCAR team is thrilled to have a new cutting-edge garage facility in its near future. The new “Green Vehicle Research and Testing Centre” is currently under construction and when complete, will consist of a garage and testing lab equipped with state-of-the-art automotive testing equipment. Its doors will be open to researchers from UVic as well as public and private sectors who are focused on advancing alternative energy technologies, especially hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric.
Lead by faculty advisors Curran Crawford and Zuomin Dong, the UVic EcoCAR team will be among those fortunate enough to use the new center, where they plan to perfect their Extended Range Electric Vehicle (E-REV) during Year Three of the competition. A key element of the new facility is a vehicle chassis dynamometer – aka ‘dyno’ – which measures speed, torque and power of a vehicle under a range of operating conditions. Think of it like a treadmill, for cars. “It will allow us to test vehicles in a controlled environment, with more accurate results than using a human driver, and it’s also a lot safer,” said Dr. Crawford. “Ultimately, I think the dyno, and in fact the entire center, will give the EcoCAR team a competitive edge and really further the research that UVic is doing with the automotive industry.”
Congratulations to UVic and we look forward to a tour of the finished facility in the near future!