EcoCAR 2 News

UT’s Vehicle Departs for Second Phase of EcoCAR 2 Competition

After receiving the keys to a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu less than a year ago, students on the UT EcoCAR 2 team have completely redesigned it to make it more eco-friendly. Now, their hard work will be tested against other teams across North America in the second phase matchup. The graduate and undergraduate students on the teamwill have a send-off event at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, April 29, on the top floor of the Eleventh Street Parking Garage, on the corner of 11th Street and Cumberland Avenue.

Vehicle Arrives for EcoCAR 2 Competition

Ryan Howell, graduate student in mechanical engineering; Mitchel Routh, graduate student in mechanical engineering; David Irick, mechanical, aerospace, and biomedical engineering (MABE) research assistant professor; Scott Curran, research associate in MABE; Emily Wise, graduate student in business administration; Michael Pickelsimer, graduate student in electrical engineering; and Katelynn Routh, senior in communications studies.

A group of engineering students feel like sixteen-year-olds when they received the keys to a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu they are going to remodel to make more eco-friendly. The graduate and undergraduate students are part of a team competing in EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future, a three-year collegiate engineering competition established by the US Department of Energy and General Motors.

EcoCAR 2 Team Places 6th in Los Angeles

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.

WBIR-TV: UT students design hybrid car

John Utley, a senior in mechanical engineering, was a guest on WBIR-TV to talk about his involvement in EcoCAR 2. The team is working to improve fuel efficiency and reduce harmful emissions through advance vehicle technologies.

What’s Your Big Idea?—John Utley

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that are making a difference in their world and the world around them. UT senior John Utley is studying mechanical engineering. He’s on the EcoCAR 2 team, working to improve fuel efficiency and reduce harmful emissions through advance vehicle technologies.