Virginia Tech Motivated by the Chevy Volt at the 2010 D.C. Auto Show

Last week, Virginia Tech’s Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team (HEVT) sent a correspondent to the 2010 Washington D.C. International Auto Show which was in conjunction with the annual Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) conference. Legislators, manufacturers, suppliers and the general public attended the show to see the latest, greatest and greenest technology in the automotive business. Electric vehicle charging stations, plug-in hybrids, clean diesels and all-electrics were among the technologies being showcased.

Patrick Walsh with the HEVT EcoCAR poster at the auto show

At the show, HEVT’s team leader, Patrick Walsh, presented a poster on the team’s EcoCAR research and educated the public about its GM-donated, student-designed plug-in hybrid.

“People were very impressed that such an important competition was taking place at the academic level,” said Patrick, who is a mechanical engineering graduate student at Virginia Tech. “Green technology is a big focus in the auto industry, so EcoCAR’s mission to reduce the environmental impact of vehicles ties in perfectly.”

In between poster presentations and plenary sessions, HEVT’s correspondent was able to take a look at a production-intent Chevrolet Volt. The Volt and other cool vehicles at the auto show served as added motivation for HEVT to build a winner for competition in Yuma!

The Volt!