If you’ve missed previous coverage on what exactly EcoCAR 3 is, and its mission, let’s recap for you briefly. The EcoCAR 3 program sets out to challenge engineering colleges across North America to envision, and bring to fruition, technologies and solutions to create a more efficient, and greener automotive landscape.
It was announced at an earlier date that this year’s vehicle for the four-year long program and competition would be none other than the brand-spankin’ new 2016 Chevrolet Camaro. What better challenge than handing over one of the most iconic muscle cars, and asking young, bright minds to make it more efficient?
Well, the Ohio State University had a few ideas, and their brainpower landed them first place in year one of the EcoCAR 3 challenge. OSU engineering students were applauded for their simulation techniques for designing a successful vehicle architecture that reduces energy consumption, well-to-wheel greenhouse gas emissions and tailpipe emissions.
Not only does OSU receive the bragging rights, but they become repeat victors from the EcoCAR 2 competition. The group has been awarded a trophy and $10,000 for their extremely detailed software and development process.
But, there are three rounds to go, and the competition is only beginning. Keys to each university’s 2016 Camaro will be delivered this coming fall, where each university will begin to apply what they demonstrated for the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors.
“EcoCAR plays a valuable role in the Department’s mission to develop and deploy advanced vehicle technologies that reduce emissions and increase efficiency, helping our planet and pocketbooks at the same time,” said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. “We look forward to seeing how the science and engineering workforce of tomorrow will tackle the challenge of creating clean and safe transportation in new and innovative ways.”
As for OSU, they’re ready to take on what the 2016 Camaro has to bring them.
“This year really lays the foundation for vehicle development, which is a critical step in the process for future success,” said M.J. Yatsko, The Ohio State University Engineering Manager. “We have already begun vehicle dynamic analysis for next year and are excited to share some of our innovative features we plan to integrate into our vehicle.”