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Hooray for Hollywood! Hooray for Mississippi State University!

June 01, 2012: Mississippi State University received first place honors at the EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future finals competition held May 18-23, 2012, in Hollywood, California, USA.  

After six days of intense judging, that included student presentations, demonstrations and technical reports, MSU came out on top with its engineering strategy to re-design a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu, donated by General Motors, into a series-parallel plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. Second place honors went to The Ohio State University, and the University of Waterloo took third place overall.
MSU is one of 15 North American universities competing in EcoCAR 2 – a three-year competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), General Motors (GM) and 25 other government and industry leaders to give students the opportunity to gain real-world, eco-friendly automotive engineering experience, while striving to improve the energy efficiency of an already highly-efficient vehicle – the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. dSPACE Inc. is a platinum sponsor.

Since the fall of 2011, the students have been using modeling and simulation to virtually test their plug-in hybrid electric vehicle architectures. All of the teams are utilizing dSPACE Simulators to perform hardware-in-the-loop simulation in developing their hybrid control strategies, which included designing major vehicle subsystems, hybrid powertrains, and energy storage and high-voltage electrical systems.

For more information on the competition, go to the EcoCAR 2 website and blog, Flickr stream, Facebook page and Twitter stream.