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Ohio State Earns Fourth Championship Title!

Published: June 03, 2019

The Ohio State University is one of the toughest schools to beat in Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions (AVTC), and this top-performing school has proven, once again, that it has what it takes to be No. 1.

Team members from The Ohio State University accepting their first-place award for The EcoCAR Mobility Challenge – Year One

Ohio State took home first-place honors at the EcoCAR Mobility Challenge year one finale event held May 19-22, 2019, in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Second place honors went to Virginia Tech, followed by the University of Alabama earning a third place standing.

With their latest achievement, this marks the fourth time that Ohio State has earned a first-place standing at an AVTC competition:

EcoCAR The Next Challenge (2008-2009) – 1st place
EcoCAR 2 (2013-2014) – 1st place
EcoCAR 3 (2014-2015) – 1st place
EcoCAR Mobility Challenge (2018-2019) – 1st place

“These students have been an inspiration in their hard work, dedication and optimism,” said Shawn Midlam-Mohler, Ohio State EcoCAR’s faculty adviser. “Facing a very challenging competition and high expectations, the team put everything they could into their deliverables and presentations. I am incredibly proud of their success and the success of all the students in the AVTC program.”

The EcoCAR Mobility Challenge is a four-year AVTC competition challenging 12 university teams to improve the energy efficiency, safety and consumer appeal of the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer by applying methodologies such as advanced propulsion systems, connected and automated vehicle technology. dSPACE is Leadership Sponsor for the competition, providing hardware, software, training, and support to the teams.

“OSU presented a clear progression of their powertrain architecture selection process by using multiple modeling tools,” said Chris Manning, dSPACE Senior Application Engineer. “They also presented a clear plan for their supervisory control algorithm, which will run on a dSPACE MicroAutoBox II.”

dSPACE Sr. Application Engineer Chris Manning presented the 1st place Control Systems, Modeling & Simulation Award to Ohio State University.

The focus for EcoCAR teams in year one was to conceptualize and build out a framework to redesign the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer. At the finale event, the teams had to present their plans for advanced propulsion systems, electrification, SAE Level 2 automation, and vehicle connectivity to improve the energy efficiency.

Ohio State EcoCAR scored 887 out of 1,000 overall points and earned $20,750 to support the university’s advanced vehicle technology program. In addition to the first-place overall finish, the team also won eight other awards, including first place for its final technical report, its target market presentation, and its controls, systems modeling and simulation presentation.

About the EcoCAR Mobility Challenge

The EcoCAR Mobility Challenge (EcoCAR) is the latest U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC) series. AVTC competitions help to prepare the next generation of scientists and engineers by providing hands-on technical experience, building collaboration skills and offering a project-based learning opportunity (learn more). Headline sponsors of the EcoCAR Mobility Challenge are the DOE, General Motors (GM) and MathWorks. AVTC competitions are managed by Argonne National Laboratory.

Watch highlights from the first year of the EcoCAR Mobility Challenge!