Student engineers make final preparations for Los Angeles competition

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Students on the Penn State Advanced Vehicle Team are putting the finishing touches on presentations and materials in preparation for the EcoCAR 2 Year One Final Competition in Los Angeles beginning Thursday, May 17.

Penn State is one of 15 North American teams competing in EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future. The goal is to reduce the environmental impact of a General Motors-donated 2013 Chevrolet Malibu by improving its fuel efficiency and reducing its emissions while retaining its performance and consumer appeal. Throughout year one, students were hard at work designing their advanced propulsion technologies to incorporate in their vehicle in years two and three. The team selected its architecture by using modeling and simulation and used hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulators to develop and test their control strategies.

Penn State is sending 12 students in engineering and communications and faculty adviser Gary Neal to represent the PSU AVT at Final Competition. While there, students will give seven judged presentations including Mechanical, Electrical, Controls, HIL, Outreach, Business and a Trade Show Evaluation. The winning school for year one will be announced on Wednesday, May 23 at a final award ceremony. A variety of other awards will be handed out at this ceremony.

The purpose of the trade show presentation is to showcase the team's selected architecture and how the team would market the vehicle to the public and industry professionals. On May 15, students shipped a palette packed with the vehicle’s engine, monitors and other materials needed to for the trade show to Los Angeles.

Stay tuned for the team’s progress at competition through the team’s website, Facebook and Twitter.

Last Updated May 24, 2012