Nick Ponzio has grew up in East Tennessee and is a dual-degree MBA & MS Environmental Engineering Candidate. He is an MBA Ambassador at UT and plans to graduate in May 2015. Nick joined the EcoCAR 2 team because he believes in getting vehicles that increase fuel efficiency and decrease emissions on the road. He wants to preserve the planet so future generations have the same opportunities we enjoy today. Through EcoCAR 2, Nick wants to learn a great deal about collaboration across different disciplines and the importance of delegation within a business unit.
Charlie Drennan is from Memphis TN, and enjoys hiking and the outdoors. His major is Supply Chain Management and he is a part of the Catholic Student Association, Lambda Chi Alpha, Ignite Team Leaders, and Intramurals. Charlie joined the EcoCAR 2 Business Team because he wanted to branch out to other fields.
Seth Atchley was born and raised in Chattanooga, TN and attended Soddy Daisy High School. He enjoys mountain biking an playing sports. He is majoring in Natural Resources and Environmental Economics and joined the EcoCAR 2 Business Team to diversify his experience and build his credentials for future job opportunities.
Jake Watkins, from Morristown, TN, is a Geography major and is involved with The Daily Beacon and Club Geography on campus. Jake joined the EcoCAR 2 Business Team to obtain experience in marketing and to contribute to a program that promotes sustainability.
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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