Penn State Live — Thursday, May 24, 2012
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State’s Advanced Vehicle Team won six awards at the EcoCAR 2 Year One Final Competition May 18 to 23 in Los Angeles.
The team was one of three to win the competition’s Best Electrical Presentation Award and Best Mechanical Presentation Award.
Gary Neal, the team’s faculty adviser and research engineer at Penn State’s Applied Research Laboratory, won the National Science Foundation Outstanding Long-Term Faculty Award.
The team won second place for the competition’s Overall Outreach Award. It also received the EcoCAR 2 Best Website Award and Best Clean Cities Collaboration Award for its work with the city of Pittsburgh.
Penn State is one of 15 North American teams competing in the EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future contest.
The goal of the three-year contest is to reduce the environmental impact of a General Motors-donated 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.
Neal and a dozen Penn State engineering and communications students represented the University at the competition.
The students were judged on presentations involving various systems including mechanical, electrical, controls and hardware-in-the-loop; outreach efforts; a business plan; and a trade show exhibition. The trade show presentation is designed to highlight the team’s selected architecture and how the team would market the vehicle to the public and industry professionals.