OSU EcoCAR team…

OSU EcoCAR team to reveal re-engineered GM vehicle

By Amy Mittinger

mittinger.1@osu.edu

Published: Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Updated: Thursday, April 29, 2010

The OSU EcoCAR team’s re-engineered GM vehicle will be revealed Friday.

The Ohio State EcoCAR team will reveal its completed electric vehicle to the media at 3 p.m. Friday during the OSU Motorsports Open House.

General Motors donated a vehicle to the cause this year. The team was required to re-engineer its given vehicle to minimize its energy consumption and reduce gas emissions into the air.

Sam Spofforth, executive director of Clean Fuels Ohio, is the keynote speaker for the event. Spofforth is expected to give a presentation about the environmental benefits of electric vehicles.

The team’s vehicle will then be revealed for all audiences to observe its construction while the student team demonstrates the vehicle’s functions.

“The design we made is an extended range electric vehicle — it can generate electricity to drive 40 miles without charging,” said Justin Ford, a fourth-year in engineering.

Ford also said he is anxious to show off the team’s invention during the national competition, called EcoCAR: The Next Challenge. Only 16 colleges in North America will participate in the event, located in Yuma, Ariz.

“It’ll be interesting to see who comes out on top,” he said. “I don’t know what to expect, but in the past, we’ve always been near the top.”

All students are welcome to witness the initial unveiling of the EcoCAR from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday at the OSU Center for Automotive Research, located at 930 Kinnear Road.

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