West Virginia University has been competing in Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions (AVTCs) since they began in 1988 with the Methanol Marathon. After participating in 9 of the past AVTCs, West Virginia University is ready to utilize their experience to compete in the latest AVTC: EcoCAR Mobility Challenge.
Made up of over 80 undergraduate and graduate students majoring in a variety of fields of engineering, computer science and communications, WVU’s EcoCAR Team is prepared to convert the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer into a hybrid vehicle with connected and automated vehicle system (CAVs) capabilities.
WVU's EcoCAR team will be developing HMI/UX solutions for driver education towards CAVs features in the vehicle that use the latest cutting-edge technologies to produce the ultimate energy-efficient, high performance sport utility vehicle.
Dedicated to educating younger audiences on STEM and STEM-related fields, the team hosts students at the WVU EcoCAR garage and goes into rural communities with limited educational access to present information about the competition, provide educational activities and allow the youth to explore and learn about the newest vehicle technologies.
The team has adopted a hybrid outreach format due to COVID-19 to expand the team’s presence across West Virginia. The team will meet with schools and communities either in person or online depending on what their needs.
EcoCAR gives WVU students the opportunity to experience an innovative team dynamic that will be invaluable in their future careers with hands-on experience and exposure to cutting edge hardware and software tools used by industry.
Year 4 Goals
- Place in the first quartile for presentations and other relatively scored deliverables for Year 4 while placing no lower than second quartile
- Expanding outreach (youth and community) to more rural areas of West Virginia to inform target audiences about current competition and advocate for STEM fields
- Following best health and safety practices for team members during the pandemic
- Create standard work documentation for swimlanes to help with organizational structure