2014 ~ Present| Section - VPU

EcoCAR Collegiate Competition Team

GOALS: To stimulate the development of advanced vehicle technologies that reduce the overall impact of transportation on the environment by designing, building, and refining an alternative fuel and connected/autonomous vehicle that reduces energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and criteria tailpipe emissions while maintaining consumer acceptability, utility, and safety.

METHODS & TECHNOLOGIES: Combustion engines, mechanical transmissions, electric machines (motors and generators), electronic power converters, lithium-ion battery packs, battery management systems, computer vision, camera and radar sensor fusion, short-range wireless communication, embedded microcontrollers, feedback control systems, power management algorithms.

RESEARCH/DESIGN ISSUES: Physics-based modeling and simulation-based design of hybrid-electric vehicle powertrains, optimized component sizing and subsystem design based on performance versus cost tradeoffs, design methodologies to ensure reliability and safety, virtual prototyping and hardware-in-the-loop testing, vehicle fabrication and road testing, development of optimal operating and charging strategies, utilization of telemetry and intelligent highway infrastructure to improve energy efficiency, development of automotive human-machine interface.

MEETING TIME: Thurs, 10:55-11:45

ADVISORS: Profs. David Taylor (ECE), Mike Leamy (ME), Tom Fuller (ChBE).

PARTNERS & SPONSORS: U.S. Department of Energy, General Motors, MathWorks, NXP, intel, dSPACE, Bosch, PACAAR, AAM


  • ECE, ME, ChBE, CoC – Background/interest in hybrid-electric vehicle powertrains or vehicle autonomy, physics, statics, dynamics, circuits, electronics, wireless communication, camera/radar sensing, microcontrollers, control systems, heat transfer, computer-aided analysis/design software, Matlab/Simulink/Stateflow software.
  • MGT – Background/interest in communications, marketing, public relations, social media, event planning, video production, website development, youth outreach, fund raising.

CONTACT: Prof. Tom Fuller, tom.fuller@chbe.gatech.edu