EcoCAR3 is part of a four year collegiate engineering program in which student teams design, build and demonstrate green automotive technologies which would improve the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro.
This years win is the second victory in a row for the Ohio State 40-student team. The team took the top prize in EcoCAR2 in which the goal was to create a more efficient Chevy Malibu.
Sixteen teams, all from North American universities gathered in Seattle with industry and government professionals for five days of judging. The first year of EcoCAR3 focused on math-based design tools and simulation techniques to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the vehicle. In the next three years of the competition each team will receive and actual vehicle to rebuild according to their design specs.
The Ohio State University team came into the final competition with an eight-point lead over Virginia Tech. And ended up beating Virginia Tech by 42 points, placing in the top five for 27 of 31 scored events.
The EcoCAR project was established by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors Co., and is managed by Argonne National Laboratory, EcoCAR3 is the latest Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC) aimed at developing the next generation of automotive leaders. The four-year program concludes summer 2018.