EcoCAR and Chevrolet partner for NASCAR Sprint Cup
Hybrids are the new thing – even at the racetrack!
The winning EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future competition vehicle from Ohio State University was on display just this past weekend with Chevrolet at the Kansas Speedway for the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup. Eager NASCAR fans were able to see the current vehicle line-up of Chevrolet vehicles, while also checking out the student-built vehicle.
M.J. Yatsko, Ohio State’s Co-Engineering Manager and Sarah Jadwin, Ohio State’s Communications Manager for the team, traveled out to Kansas City for the event.
“It was a really unique experience. We had the chance to share what we have done with our EcoCAR 2 vehicle with an audience that is just starting to adopt advanced vehicle technologies,” said M.J. Yatsko. “Everyone was really excited and enthusiastic about hybrid technologies – in fact, one gentleman told us he couldn’t wait to buy a hybrid!”
The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu on display recently won the EcoCAR 2 competition, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors, with its plug-in hybrid electric vehicle architecture. The student designed vehicle can travel up to 50 miles on all-electric power, followed by range-extended miles using a high compression ratio engine and ethanol (E85) fuel.
M.J. and Sarah also were able to spread the word about the newest AVTC – EcoCAR 3, which is challenging 16 universities to build a performance hybrid using the Chevrolet Camaro platform.
“A lot of eyes lit up when we said the word “Camaro” – they can’t wait to see it when it is finished!”