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dSPACE Congratulates Year Two EcoCAR Competition Top Five Finishers

The second year of the EcoCAR Challenge ended in an impressive display of design engineering accomplishments as 16 North American university teams revealed their functioning prototype vehicles at the year two competition finals held May 17-23, 2010, in Yuma, Arizona, and May 23-27, 2010, in San Diego, California.

The top five finishers, all of whom designed extended-range electric vehicles (EREV), were:
1. Mississippi State University (MSU)
2. Virginia Tech
3. Pennsylvania State University (PSU)
4. University of Victoria (UVic)
5. The Ohio State University (OSU)

Four of the top five placing teams utilized dSPACE systems to simulate their vehicle architectures and develop and test their control strategies. MSU, OSU, UVic, and PSU used dSPACE hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulators to test their controls. Additionally, MSU, OSU and UVic used dSPACE MicroAutoBoxes as the primary Supervisory Controller in their vehicles, effecting their main vehicle control strategy. OSU and UVic are also using dSPACE Automotive Simulation Model (ASM) modeling libraries to perform real-time simulations of key automotive operations including engines, vehicle dynamics, and electrical systems.

Congratulations teams and good luck to you all in the final year of the EcoCAR Next Challenge!

About EcoCAR
The EcoCAR Challenge is a three-year competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors (GM). The competition challenges university engineering students from across North America to re-engineer a GM-donated vehicle to minimize the vehicle’s fuel consumption and emissions, while maintaining its utility, safety and performance. dSPACE is a platinum sponsor.

For more information on the EcoCAR Challenge go to: www.ecocarchallenge.org