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The EcoCAR sponsors are a critical part of making the competition, the Year Two Finals and most importantly, the vehicles a reality. Check out the video below from this week’s Sponsor Social in San Diego and hear from EcoCAR students about how the sponsors’ products and support played such an instrumental role in their work.


During the Sponsor Social, the following awards were distributed:

Best Engineering and Fabrication Workmanship – University of Waterloo
Best Vehicle Appearance Award
–  Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Best Sponsor Success Story
– The Ohio State University
Best Social Media Program
– Penn State University
Best Creative Promotion of EcoCAR Award – Mississippi State University
Spirit of Outreach – University of Victoria
Best Media Relations –  Mississippi State University
Best Education Award –  Mississippi State University
Best Collaboration with a Clean Cities Coalition – The Ohio State University
Best Outreach Presentation Award – Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Overall Outreach Award
Third Place – Penn State University
Second Place – The Ohio State University
First Place – Mississippi State University

BOSCH DIVERSITY Award
Third Place –  The Ohio State University
Second Place – the University of Ontario Institute of Technology
First Place – Missouri University of Science & Technology

“Freescale Innovation” Award – The Ohio State University
“Outstanding Women in Engineering Rookie of the Year” Award –  Sarah Cavanagh from Michigan Technological University
“Outstanding Women in Engineering” Award –  Beth Bezaire from The Ohio State University
“Outstanding Incoming Faculty Advisor” Award – Dr. Zuomin Dong and Dr. Curran Crawford from the University of Victoria
“Outstanding Long-Term Faculty Advisor” Award – Dr. Roydon A. Fraser from the University of Waterloo

Congratulations to the winning teams! The competition was fierce throughout Year Two and continues to be here in San Diego.

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Last night was a nice break from the chaos of the competition. Teams, faculty and organizers were treated to a dinner cruise aboard Lord Hornblower!  The boat departed around 6:30pm, just in time for a beautiful sunset and scenic views of the San Diego Harbor.

Students enjoyed their temporary downtime by relaxing with an evening filled with dinner, music and fun.  With delicious food and drinks, ocean air, and no evaluations or testing, this was a wonderful treat for the students, organizers and sponsors.

While everyone mixed and mingled, some students discussed upcoming events and others shared stories of the victories and triumphs they’ve encountered during the competition. Most of the teams have been working on their projects for months and don’t often get a chance to spend time with other competitors with whom they share a common ground.

Competition finals allow the teams to not only meet face-to-face, but share valuable insights with each other about what they’ve learned and how they’ve dealt with difficult situations. Here students can build lifelong friendships and networks that they will draw on in their future careers.  Last night’s cruise provided just that opportunity, while also rejuvenating teams and faculty for the second leg of the competition.

EcoCAR students, sponsors and organizers all took in the gorgeous view of San Diego Harbor on Monday night.

Our time at the General Motors Desert Proving Ground in Yuma was tough, but fantastic! The teams worked around the clock to cycle their vehicles through different tests and even make some changes along the way – and now their work is nearly done!

We are headed to sunny California for the last leg of the EcoCAR Year Two Finals where teams will show the judges their static presentations and we’ll announce the 2010 winners of the competition!

Check out the video below of the teams wrapping up in Yuma and starting their journey to San Diego. See you there!


Each team is unique, from vehicle architectures to outreach strategies, and the same holds true for the exterior design of their vehicles. Even at this early prototype stage of vehicle development, many of the EcoCARs are custom-painted and personalized with images of the schools’ mascots and EcoCAR logos.

Embry-Riddle’s vehicle features a vinyl wrap with a beautiful design. It has a grass lining on the bottom that fades into a blue sky with clouds and a starry sky.  The team says their design illustrates how energy can be found in all areas of our universe.  But this stellar wrap wasn’t designed by professional graphic artists, the team’s wrap was designed and applied by a member of the EcoCAR team – just one more example of how EcoCAR is truly a multi-disciplinary project.

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology who is the only fully-functional electric vehicle features an “electrifying” design with lightning bolts across the car and a giant electric plug over the rear quarter panel. The team which is from Ontario, Canada painted a giant maple leaf on the roof of the vehicle.

The Rose-Hulman team was preparing to compete in the desert when they painted their vehicle. And what better design for the desert than camouflage, of course! If it wasn’t for the sponsor logos on the vehicle, it might just fade into the scenic Arizona landscape.

Texas Tech showed off their Texas pride with their vehicle design. A massive Texas flag covered the roof of the car and was incorporated into the Chevy emblem on the front and rear of the vehicle. The vehicle also featured some special custom badges such as “Chevrolet EcoCAR” on the rear and “Texas Edition” (with a star in the name) on the side panels.

The EcoCAR Mentors from General Motors judged all of the vehicles designs yesterday. Which one do you think they will pick to will win the award for “Best Vehicle Appearance?”  Get an up-close look at the 16 EcoCARs in the slideshow below and pick your favorite design.

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Sixteen North American university teams, advanced technology vehicles, fierce rivalry, more than a dozen technical events, and one very large desert.

This has been the EcoCar: The Next Challenge 2010 competition FINALS!

Beginning today, the EcoCAR teams move out of the desert and on to San Diego. Teams are gearing up for the second stage  of the competition, where they will give presentations in the mechanical, electrical, controls, and outreach categories to panels of expert  judges. Many engineering students consider this part of the competition the most difficult time – when they have to put down the tools, put on a tie, and give a PowerPoint presentation. But they know it’ll all be worth it when the final awards ceremony is held next week at the House of Blues in the San Diego Gaslamp District.

In between the presentations, teams will enjoy a sunset cruise on the beautiful San Diego bay with a chance to wind down with competition sponsors after a grueling week in the desert.  Teams are eager to put the sleepless nights and grueling stress of the vehicle testing events and presentation behind them if just for a night to enjoy San Diego with sponsors and their fellow competitors.  Unfortunately, it will be back to work on Tuesday when the presentation events resume.

After an exhausing week in Yuma, teams will get a chance to relax a little in San Diego before the competition kicks back into high gear.

The EcoCAR 2010 Competition Finals are so close we can taste it! In just a few short weeks, on May 17, the 16 teams will gather in Yuma, Arizona to kick off the event.

We are excited to announce that the Finals Program is now available online!

Click on the link above for detailed information regarding the competition schedule, events and awards, and judging information.

This year, some of the top minds in the engineering, automotive, and environmental science industries will be on the judging panel in Yuma and San Diego. Take a look at the program for the full list and bios of each judge. There will also be a handful of awards to win and it’s not just bragging rights and trophies at stake. Teams who take top honors win cash prizes, so the teams better be on top of their game!

To give the EcoCAR teams a proper welcome to San Diego, they will be taking a sunset cruise! No tour buses here, the students will ride in style on the Lord Hornblower.

 

Lord Hornblower

The Lord Hornblower has it all: Three spacious, climate-controlled salons. A comfy captain’s lounge that looks out onto sparkling waves. An expansive open-air sun deck offering sweeping panoramic vistas. Three full-service bars, two dance floors and seating for up to 500 guests.

We’re excited to see the teams and their EcoCARs in just a few weeks – in the desert!

 

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