Washington, D.C. – Student engineers, including those from three Canadian universities, have unveiled 17 projects in the EcoCAR competition at the Washington Auto Show. The three-year challenge requires students to fit alternative technologies to Saturn Vue vehicles. The challenge is sponsored by the Government of Canada, the U.S. Department of Energy, the California Air Resources Board, and General Motors.
Students from Canadian and American universities are encouraged to explore a variety of solutions, including hybrid, plug-in hybrid, fuel cell, electric, and extended-range vehicles. Each project is unique and will progress through the three years of the challenge.
Among the Canadian projects are an extended-range electric vehicle by the University of Victoria in British Columbia; a full-function electric vehicle by the University of Ontario Institute of Technology; and a fuel cell plug-in hybrid electric vehicle by the University of Waterloo in Ontario.
All of the vehicles in the challenge must use a renewable energy source that displaces petroleum consumption, and must retain the safety and real-world performance characteristics of production vehicles that consumers demand.