North Carolina State University
3217 Ligon Street, Suite 163E
Raleigh, NC 27606
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Eric Klang
Team Leaders: Charles Jenckes, Jason Markijohn, Phu Ho, and Brent Clay
Communications Manager: Carly Swanson
Business Manager: Jonathan Lohr
North Carolina State University (NCSU) has been a competitor in advanced vehicle technology competitions (AVTCs) for four years, starting in 2008 with EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge. Currently the NCSU team has about 25 students, but it is continuing to grow. The team is split into several subgroups, including mechanical and computer-assisted design, electrical, controls, energy storage system design, and outreach 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.