Cal State, Los Angeles

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Los Angeles, CA 90032
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Faculty Advisors: Dr. David Blekhman and Dr. Kamran Karimlou 
Team Leader: Chris Reid 
Communications Manager: Kortnee Smith 
Business Manager: G.S. Wang

Team Description: CSULA’s interdisciplinary EcoCAR 2 team consists of four departments that together carry out all the engineering, business, and outreach efforts. The three engineering departments — controls, electrical, and mechanical — are responsible for the vehicle’s design and development. The business/outreach department is responsible for planning and implementing the marketing, communication, finance, and outreach efforts. The team is managed by one team leader, five department leads, and two faculty advisors. The team departments are well integrated, with redundancy measures implemented to ensure the transfer and sustainability of knowledge and information.

Vehicle Design The CSULA EcoCAR 2 Team is building a Parallel Through the Road Hybrid Electric Vehicle. The vehicle will have an engine in the front running on E-85 and an electric motor in the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle will also have an on-board charger to Ecocar Carallow the user to recharge the batteries. This will allow the user to only use electric power when traveling short distances. The team will be implementing a Plug-In Parallel through the Road Hybrid Configuration. The parallel hybrid system under consideration contains an electric drive motor on the rear axle and a standard internal combustion engine operating on the front axle. This is similar to a standard internal combustion engine vehicle (with engine, differential and gearbox in front) supplemented with an added electrical power-train operating on the rear axle. The two subsystems combine to produce mechanical power to the wheels as well as regenerative charging for the battery stack. The A123 Lithium-ion battery pack provides 16.2 kWh of battery capacity to give our vehicle an electric-only range of over 20 miles.

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EcoCAR 2 is an Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC) managed for the U.S. Department of Energy by Argonne National Laboratory. Learn more about EcoCAR 2 →