Academic Competition Leads the Way to a New Electric Car

Date Added: Jul 2009
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The University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) is one of 17 North American Universities participating in EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge, a three-year engineering competition established by the United States Department of Energy and General Motors, and managed by Argonne National Laboratory. The challenge was to integrate an electric motor and energy storage system into a production model vehicle. UOIT consulted Siemens team that created a unique battery mounting approach that incorporates wiring looms, chassis mounts and a thermal management system. The students also proved the validity of their design by conducting finite element analyses using NX Nastran. This enabled them to avoid any potential performance failures and the need to test physical prototypes.