Seeking to build off its second-place finish in the final year of the EcoCAR 3 competition, the team from WVU was one of 12 to be selected for the EcoCAR Mobility Challenge, which will feature the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer as the vehicle platform.
The EcoCAR Mobility Challenge is a four-year Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, General Motors and MathWorks, and managed by Argonne National Laboratory. Students are challenged to increase vehicle efficiency by developing connected and automated vehicle – or CAV – technologies and implementing advanced propulsion systems and electrification. The goal is to reduce energy consumption while maintaining the performance, safety and overall sporty design and feel of the original vehicle, specifically for a carsharing market.
Divided into four academic years, each year introduces new challenges and objectives, following the vehicle development process to design, integrate and refine vehicles into reliable, energy-efficient mobility systems.
In addition to the Chevrolet Blazer, GM will supply each team with $20,000 in seed money, along with options for powertrain components and batteries and extensive technical support and mentoring.