The EcoCAR2 competition is Purdue University’s first time participating in an Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition. Although Purdue may be rookies to the competition, the EcoMakers have been working closely with General Motors to make sure they are following state-of-the-art in vehicle development. General Motors, a headline sponsor for the EcoCAR2 competition, has not only offered technical support and mentorship, but has also donated the 2013 Chevy Malibu and financial support to all the teams and the engine the EcoMakers will be using, as well as other various components.
Specifically, several people from GM have helped the EcoMakers with analysis and review waivers. Thanks to GM, Purdue has had access to help fit the electric motor and battery box into the 2013 Chevy Malibu. Whenever Purdue’s team runs into trouble, they are able to reach out to GM for help. For example, one specific issue the EcoMakers ran into was when the motor would not fit where it needed to go because of the 5 bar. GM has provided specifications and assistance to help us re-route the 5 bar.
General Motors has also provided the EcoMakers with a fantastic mentor who is very engaged with the team and provides assistance throughout the competition. Dale Klein has been extremely helpful answering questions and providing a personal connection between the EcoMakers and GM. The EcoMakers are extremely grateful for everything General Motors has provided them. The enthusiasm of all the GM employees regarding EcoCAR is encouraging to all of the students in the competition. Even Purdue alumni working for GM have been very encouraging throughout the project. We know we would not be able to take part in this amazing educational opportunity if it were not for the General Motors support. Check out our sponsorship video to get an even better idea of GM's role in helping the EcoMakers in year two of the EcoCAR 2 competition!