FleetCarma collaborates with universities to design a prototype EV for General Motors Competition

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Electric vehicle design from University of Waterloo’s Alternative Fuels Team

FleetCarma is very happy to be working in collaboration with a group of graduate and undergraduate students from the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University as they design and build a prototype vehicle in partnership with General Motors.

These students are participating in a three-year collegiate competition called EcoCAR2, which challenges them to re-engineer a donated 2013 Chevrolet Malibu into a plug-in electric vehicle that reduces energy consumption and emissions while maintaining its performance, safety and consumer acceptability.

In addition to General Motors, other large organizations are sponsors of the program including the U.S. Department of Energy and Natural Resources Canada.

FleetCarma was asked by these university students to help them gather drive cycle data from a large group of consumer vehicles.  The students used these data to inform their vehicle design choices and strategies.  In the end, the team of students was able to gather 171,000 kilometres of data – which they translated as the equivalent of driving from the West Coast to the East Coast of North America 28 times.  These data empowered the students to design their prototype GM vehicle to meet the driving requirements of a broad set of drivers which they were targeting as the ideal consumers.

The team has put together a video highlighting the project — which we are happy to share here. Enjoy!

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