Just before June’s EcoCAR Finals, the University of Waterloo Alternative Fuels Team (UWAFT) proudly represented the EcoCAR Challenge as an exhibitor at the 2011 Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Conference (HFC2011) in Vancouver, B.C. During the conference, UWAFT teamed up with EcoCAR Diamond Sponsor, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) to educate conference attendees about the EcoCAR Challenge and to showcase the design and technical achievements of the team’s student-built hydrogen fuel cell plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (FC-PHEV).
This is the second consecutive advanced vehicle technology competition (AVTC) of which UWAFT has re-engineered a General Motors donated vehicle into one that runs on hydrogen fuel cell technology. In the past seven years of working on hydrogen fuel cell technology, UWAFT has partnered with several other companies in exhibiting at the conference including Air Liquide, who supplies UWAFT with hydrogen, and Dana Thermal Group, who helped UWAFT design a customized cooling system for its EcoCAR.
UWAFT is one of only two student teams in the EcoCAR Challenge that chose hydrogen as its alternative fuel for its competition vehicle. Their vehicle design and performance – as well as outreach events like HFC2011 – earned the team a 3rd Place overall finish at Year Three Finals in June.