UT’s EcoCAR 2 team won sixth place overall at the EcoCAR 2012 Competition in Los Angeles. The fifteen universities competing in EcoCAR 2 gathered for six days of judged competition in May with $100,000 in prize money up for grabs. The team also won second place for the mechanical presentation.
EcoCAR 2, a three-year competition sponsored by the US Department of Energy, General Motors and twenty-five other government and industry leaders, gives students the opportunity to gain real-world, eco-friendly automotive engineering experience while striving to improve the energy efficiency of an already highly-efficient vehicle—the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu.
Year One of the competition series emphasized engineering design though modeling and simulation to select and virtually test their plug-in hybrid electric vehicle architecture.