School of Business & Economics
Strong results for UW and Laurier in the EcoCAR Challenge
With the help of students from the Laurier School of Business & Economics (SBE), the University of Waterloo’s Alternative Fuels Team (UWAFT) placed third overall (out of 16 teams) in the prestigious EcoCAR Challenge. While UW engineering students have for many years competed in building the car of the future, this is the first time Laurier students have been given places on the team. Engineers from UW worked on the vehicle development; SBE students partnered with students from the UW environmental studies program for the “Outreach” portion of the competition, finding corporate sponsors, coordinating public relations efforts and executing community awareness and education events.
EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge is a three-year collegiate advanced vehicle technology engineering competition established by the United States Department of Energy (DOE) and General Motors (GM), and is being managed by Argonne National Laboratory. Transport Canada and Natural Resources Canada are sponsors of the competition.
The competition challenges 16 universities across North America to reduce the environmental impact of vehicles by minimizing the vehicle’s fuel consumption and reducing its emissions while retaining the vehicle’s performance, safety and consumer appeal. Students use a real-world engineering process to design and integrate their advanced technology solutions into a GM-donated vehicle.
The UWAFT team had very strong showings in Fuel Consumption, Emissions Testing and Driving Performance events (acceleration, towing and the autocross race). The team also won the First Place Overall Outreach Award and several additional awards in the Outreach category including:
• Best Media Relations Campaign
• Best Sponsor Success Story
• Best Consumer Campaign
• Best Final Presentation.
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