A University of Waterloo student team has been selected as one of 16 in North America to take part in the 'EcoCAR3' Advanced Vehicle Technologies Competition (AVTC) sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors (GM).
Waterloo's EcoCar3 team will spend the next four years converting a donated GM car into a Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) that can deliver optimal performance to Canadian drivers in cold weather. New research in battery thermal modeling will be incorporated in the vehicle design.
Waterloo Engineering students Ben Gaffney and Patrick Ellsworth are two of the project team leads and members of the University of Waterloo Alternative Fuels Team (UWAFT). "It's a very elite opportunity," said Gaffney. "The top researchers and engineers are recruited almost exclusively from this competition."