The University of Tennessee is one of 15 colleges in North America participating in the Department of Energy and General Motors sponsored advanced vehicle technology competition (AVTC), EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future. EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future is a three-year collegiate engineering competition that helps to train the next generation of automotive engineers.
Team Tennessee’s EcoCAR 2 vehicle is a Series-Parallel Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV). The front drive consists of a 2.4L General Motors LE9 engine mated to a automatic transmission. The engine is also coupled to a UQM generator. The engine will be fueled with E85, a fuel mixture comprised of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline. This vehicle architecture allows for exhilarating performance with a total power output of 240 HP with improved fuel economy.
Team Tennessee is in the third and final year of the EcoCAR 2 competition. The final competition is held at the General Motors Milford Proving Grounds for the dynamic testing events. The final send-off is held in Washington, D.C. Details on Team Tennessee's progress and additional information can be found on our social medias as well as on the competition website.
The communications team is proud to announce that a paper authored by Year Two Communications Manager, Katelynn Routh, has been approved for publication at the 2013 ASME IMECE Conference.
Team Tennessee is removing the compromise between having a vehicle that can perform and a vehicle that gets great fuel economy. The series-parallel plug-in hybrid vehicle design allows the best of both worlds.
Team Tennessee's combination of vehicle architecture and fuel choices creates a vehicle that is projected to be 45% more fuel efficient and produces 53% less GHG emissions than industry leading hybrid vehicles. This was determined through simulated drive cycle testing during Year 1 of the EcoCAR 2 competition.
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