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The University of Tennessee

EcoCAR 2 Hybrid Vehicle Design Team

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.

Images/The TorchbearerTeam 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.



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