Sarah Zimmerman is majoring in Public Relations and is the vice president of the Public Relations Student Society of America. She joined the EcoCAR 2 team because she saw it as a unique opportunity to fuse the worlds of science and communication. As an outdoors lover, Sarah appreciates the sustainability goals of the competition. She enjoys whitewater kayaking and is a trip leader and instructor for the UT Outdoor Program. Sarah is excited to represent Team Tennessee and help its members gain recognition for the hard work they put into this project.
Helene is from Franklin, Tennessee and attended Fred J. Page High School. Helene is the President of the Society of Women Engineers on campus and is a senior in Biomedical Engineering here at UT. She is strongly considering a career within the medical device industry to one day be working in the operating room alongside physicians. Within the communications team, Helene assists with website design, blog organization, and overseeing the team's social media platforms. Involvement with the Communications Team is invaluable to Helene to continue developing communications skills.
Karson Stone grew up in Louisville, TN, and attended Alcoa High School. She is a freshman in Mechanical Engineering and is involved with the Society of Women Engineers. She has six horses and has loved to ride since she was six-years-old. Through EcoCAR 2, she hopes to learn more about not only revamping a car, but also about the entire process and all the components that come together to make the project a success.
Chris is Team Tennessee's Communications Mentee from a local high school. He is a senior at L&N STEM Academy and is trying to decide if he wants to major in Journalism at The University of Tennessee. In his free time, he enjoys writing, reading, playing video games and surfing the internet. Chris joined the EcoCAR 2 team because he wanted to be a part of a group working towards a green initiative and to strengthen his writing, website editing and collaboration skills.
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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