The agency has awarded the University’s EcoCAR 3 team $100,000 from its Clean Fuels Fund, which will be allotted during the four years of the prestigious competition. The funding will be used for team training, software, hardware outreach, travel to competitions and student stipends.
“Having AQMD partner with us is important for both organizations as the funding allows us to compete more competitively,” said Justin Bower, the student team captain. “It also helps us to focus more on the environmental aspects of the competition and to train more future engineers on how to design lower emissions vehicles, which ties right in with AQMD’s mission.”
The Cal State L.A. team is nearing the end of the first year of the EcoCAR 3: Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition. Cal State L.A. is the only university from California and just one of 16 in the U.S. and Canada selected to participate in the collegiate competition.
Teams are tasked with redesigning and re-engineering a Chevy Camaro to convert it into an electric hybrid vehicle. At the end of the fourth year, teams will compete in a road test of vehicle readiness, dependability and safety.
The competition aims to help develop cutting-edge technologies for the automotive industry and provide unique educational experiences for students.
As part of the competition, teams are expected to seek sponsors to support their activities. Team members are also responsible for research, development and design, as well as creating the vehicle’s systems, buying parts and producing promotional materials.
Cal State L.A.'s EcoCAR 3 team will be traveling to Seattle, Washington, from May 29 to June 4, to end the competition’s first year. Teams will showcase their design work, project management, communications, and architecture selections of the student vehicles.
Visit the Cal State L.A.’s EcoCAR 3 website for more information: http://csulaecocar3.org.
Photo on top: EcoCAR3 (Credit: Carol Mamon)
Photo in article: Cal State L.A. faculty adviser David Blekhman (far right) with members of the University’s EcoCAR 3 team. (Credit: Carol Mamon)
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