Ohio State University
930 Kinnear Road
Columbus, OH 43212
Faculty Advisors: Dr. Giorgio Rizzoni and Dr. Shawn Midlam-Mohler
Co-Team Leaders: Matthew Yard
Communication Manager: Sarah Jadwin
Business Manager: Bryan Silverman
The team from Ohio State University is composed of 40 undergraduate and graduate students who have majors in various fields from photography to mechanical engineering. The three main segments of the team are engineering, communications and business. The engineering segment consists of mechanical, electrical and controls subgroups and is responsible for vehicle design, construction and testing. The business segment is responsible for fundraising and managing the team budget. The communications segment is responsible for educational and communications activities. The three segments work together on a daily basis to develop and promote the Ohio State EcoCAR 2 vehicle.
Ohio State University’s vehicle architecture is a parallel-series plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). It features an A123 18.9 kWh battery pack that is used with an 80 kW peak electric machine on the rear axle to provide power to the rear wheels through a single-speed gearbox. The vehicle’s front powertrain utilizes a 1.8 L, high compression ratio engine recalibrated to run on E85 fuel and an 80 kW peak electric machine to provide power to the front wheels through a six-speed automated manual transmission. The vehicle is capable of operating in charge-depleting, charge-sustaining series and charge-sustaining parallel modes.