The EcoCar 3 competition is chugging along and the results for year three are in. The Ohio State University walked away victorious after judges checked in with every university participating in the competition.
EcoCar 3 challenges engineering students across multiple North American universities to develop a more efficient Chevrolet Camaro with the main focus of reducing the vehicle’s energy consumption, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and reducing tailpipe emissions. All of this must be undertaken while considering cost and maintaining the car’s performance, utility and safety.
“Ohio State fully integrated their vehicle with impressive attention to details, and they managed to maintain the legacy of the Camaro while moving it into the future,” said Kristen Wahl, director of the Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition at Argonne National Laboratory. “Innovative thinking and tireless devotion clearly contributed to the team’s success.”
OSU managed to create a driveline unit to incorporate a P3 motor using stock components and tackled an automated-manual transmission. The transmission design allows the team to have increased control over the gearbox itself, which in turn, results in a more efficient Camaro.
EcoCar 3 is a four-year long competition, which began in 2014. The final round will conclude in 2018 where one university will be crowned victorious. Thus far, OSU has had an impeccable showing.