EcoCAR 2, a 3 year competition is managed by Argonne National Laboratory and sponsored by US Department of Energy, GM and 30 government and industry leaders. The competition ensures a real-world automotive engineering experience for participants, who work to better environmental impact and energy efficiency of an existing efficient vehicle (2013 Chevrolet Malibu).
Ohio State University’s series-parallel plug-in hybrid Malibu excelled at GM’s Proving Grounds in Milford, Michigan, earlier in June having triumphed at technical and safety tests akin to testing on production vehicles.
The team’s enhanced 2013 Chevrolet Malibu returned 50 miles per gallon gas equivalent (MPGGE) on 315 Watt-hours per mile (Wh/mi) of electricity. 3 years of hard work paid off with criteria emissions reduced by half, compared to the base vehicle.
University of Washington’s team placed 2nd with the most energy-efficient vehicle, a B20 biodiesel parallel plug-in hybrid reporting 60 MPGGE and 333 Wh/mi of electricity to return lowest well-to-wheel greenhouse gas emissions.
Pennsylvania State University placed 3rd with their E85 series plug-in hybrid. Last 3 years has seen all 15 EcoCAR 2 teams work progressively to design next gen clean cars. Teams have helped advance innovative vehicle tech thereby helping improve the automotive industry.