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Ohio State Wins EcoCAR 3 Year One

SEATTLE, Washington – EcoCAR 3, a four-year student competition to reengineer a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro into a performance hybrid, concluded Year One with an award ceremony on June 4th following five days of presentations. Year One Competition took place at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel from May 30 to June 4.  Ohio State EcoCAR topped 15 other teams from universities across the United States and Canada to achieve the first place finish.  This is the second victory for The Ohio State University in two years.

In August, 2014, students began working on the design of their Camaro in preparation for competition.  The team used modeling, simulation and design tools from industry in order to complete year one goals like vehicle architecture selection and the initialization of critical vehicle controls software.  Extensive consumer market research was conducted in Central Ohio to guide vehicle design and the team was heavily involved in outreach efforts.  The team is prepared to begin implementing the design work done in year one to the Camaro in year two.

Last year, Ohio State EcoCAR won year three of EcoCAR 2, a three year competition to create a more efficient Chevrolet Malibu.  “We are a team that sets high expectations for ourselves. After a win in year three of EcoCAR 2, the team was determined to start EcoCAR 3 with the same level of focus and drive,” says mechanical team leader Tom Brown.  “It is a great honor to lift the trophy again.”

The team spent five days giving technical presentations on the redesign plans for the vehicle’s mechanical and electrical systems, as well as comprehensive presentations covering project management and outreach. Another highlight was showcasing the team with an in-depth trade show display.  In addition to competing, the team interacted with competition sponsors at various events across Seattle.

Ohio State entered the final week of competitions with an 8 point lead over Virginia Tech based on deliverables due throughout the year.   By the time the final scores were tallied, Ohio State had opened up a 42 point lead over second place Virginia Tech, obtaining 937 of 1000 competition points.  The team placed in the top 5 for 27 of 31 scored events, including 6 first place and 3 second place finishes.  The team took 1st in a dSPACE sponsored award and 3rd in a MathWorks sponsored award as well.

Top six:

The Ohio State University– 937

Virginia Tech – 895

University of Waterloo – 847

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – 824

Pennsylvania State University– 772

McMaster University - 767


The first place win earns the team a trophy and $10,000 to be used for the continued development of the Ohio State EcoCAR Camaro.  Additional prize money was earned through top three finishes in the awards categories.

Under the leadership of Professor Shawn Midlam-Mohler, the team is already working on year two, in which they will begin integrating the work of year one into the new Camaro.

Check out this highlight video that celebrates Ohio State EcoCAR's victory!

Additional Information

Ohio State EcoCAR showed excellent team strength during competition by being well-rounded. This is evidenced by the awards presented to Ohio State during the awards ceremony. Here is a breakdown of how individual subteams placed and the team members who presented:

First Place Finishes:

Control Systems - M.J. Yatsko, Arjun Khanna
System Modeling and Simulation - Sam Yacinthe, Arjun Khanna
Innovation Project - Andrew Huster
Best Trade Show - M.J. Yatsko, Tom Brown, Trevor Thompkins
Project Management Stakeholder event - Jason Linger, Chelsea Hagan
dSPACE Embedded Success Award**

Second Place Finishes:

Mechanical - Tom Brown, Brandon Bishop
Project Management*
Outreach - Chelsea Hagan, Trevor Thompkins
MathWorks model based design - Sam Yacinthe, Arjun Khanna

Pre-Competition Awards (awarded to the team with best submission for each individual pre-competition deliverable) :

Best Innovation Presentation at Winter Workshop: Andrew Huster

Best Consumer Market Research Report: Jason Linger

* = The Communications and Project Management awards are given to the best overall programs based on all deliverables and presentations for each respective category. 

**= This is a sponsored award that is decided by a paper written by teams before competition