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OSU Takes First-Place Honors at EcoCAR 2 Competition Finales!

University of Washington and Penn State University Teams Finish Second and Third

June 18, 2014: The Ohio State University took home the prestigious first-place title at the conclusion of the three-year EcoCAR 2 Plugging In to the Future national advanced vehicle technology competition. The OSU team received top honors for its exceptionally engineered 2014 Chevrolet Malibu series-parallel plug-in hybrid featuring electric drive and ethanol (E85) fueled engine technology. On the test track, the winning vehicle achieved 50 miles per gallon equivalent, while using 315 Watt-hours per mile of electricity.

OSU was one of 15 universities that competed in EcoCAR 2 − a three-year competition organized by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors challenging students to design and build an advanced vehicle that demonstrate leading-edge, eco-friendly automotive technologies.
The OSU team's series-parallel plug-in hybrid Malibu excelled at GM's Proving Grounds in Milford, Michigan, USA, earlier this month, where it was put through a series of strenuous technical and safety tests similar to those used for real-world production vehicles.

"The EcoCAR 2 competition has been an incredible journey and learning experience for everyone at Ohio State University, and that's what really matters - winning the top spot is just a bonus," said Controls Team Lead Katherine Bovee. "We are all excited to take everything we have learned into the workplace after graduation."

“Ohio State met and exceeded the EcoCAR 2 goals at every point in the competition,” said Dr. Michael Knotek - Deputy Under Secretary for Science and Energy, U.S. Department of Energy. “Their innovative work has contributed significantly to the future of energy efficient technology in the automotive industry, and we wish all members of the team the best as they move forward in the next step of their careers, whether in the classroom or in the professional world.”

The University of Washington earned the second-place competition title for demonstrating the most energy-efficient vehicle − a B20 biodiesel parallel plug-in hybrid reaching 60 miles per gallon equivalent, while using 333 Watt-hours per mile of electricity.

Pennsylvania State University placed third with their E85 series plug-in hybrid.
“For the past three years, all 15 EcoCAR 2 teams have worked tirelessly to design the next generation of clean vehicles and we have seen exceptional outcomes,” said Ken Morris, vice president, global product integrity, General Motors. “Ohio State stood out amongst the competition and truly did an outstanding job. All of the teams have helped advance innovative vehicle technology and improve the automotive industry and we thank them for their hard work, dedication and enthusiasm for this program.”

dSPACE was a platinum sponsor of the EcoCAR 2 competition. dSPACE provided the teams with hardware-in-the-loop simulator systems for the development and validation of complex supervisory control and diagnostic systems and MicroAutoBox II units for performing fast function prototyping, along with training, mentoring, and management support.

OSU's award-winning vehicle on display at the dSPACE Midwest User Conference

Representatives from The Ohio State University will have their award-winning vehicle on display at the dSPACE Midwest User Conference taking place Sept. 9-10, 2014, at the NIU Conference Center in Naperville, IL.

EcoCAR 2 OSU Team Member Amanda Hyde will give a presentation at the conference on her team’s phenomenal success at the EcoCAR 2 competition finals, and how they used dSPACE SYNECT data management software to effectively manage their automated software validation and regression testing activities.

dSPACE Midwest User Conference 2014

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