North Carolina State University
3217 Ligon Street, Suite 163E
Raleigh, NC 27606
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Eric Klang and Dr. Ewan Pritchard
Team Leaders: Scott Blackwelder and Di Zhu
Communications Manager: Carly Swanson
Business Manager: Caroline Ball
North Carolina State University (NCSU) has been a competitor in advanced vehicle technology competitions (AVTCs) since EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge. Currently the NCSU team has about 30 students, but it is continuing to grow. The team is split into several subgroups, including mechanical, controls, communication and business.
NCSU is designing a series plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). This means that the primary source of energy for the GM-donated Chevrolet Malibu will be from a battery pack that is able to be charged from the electric grid. This power will be transmitted to the road through an electric motor. After about 45 miles, when the battery pack’s state-of-charge becomes low, an on-board Kubota biodiesel engine will turn on, powering a generator that will take over running the electric motor, which will charge the battery and supply enough power to keep the vehicle moving.