Penn State University
201 Transportation Research Building
University Park, PA 16802
Faculty Advisors: Dr. Daniel Haworth, Dr. Jeffrey Mayer, and Gary Neal
Co-Team Leaders: Chris Golecki
Communications Manager: Cheyenne Sexton
Business Manager: Jacob Hauptman
Since 1988, students, faculty, and volunteers at Penn State have participated in AVTC's to design and build fuel-efficient and production-grade vehicles. Now with 50+ undergraduate students, veteran volunteers from past competitions and faculty advisors, Penn State’s team is aiming to train the next generation of automotive engineers and industry professionals. The team is split into six subgroups: mechanical-engine bay, mechanical-vehicle body, controls, electrical, communications and business. While the engineering groups are re-engineering the vehicle, the communications and business groups are dedicated to educating the State College community about the importance of hybrids and fuel-efficient vehicles.
The Penn State University Advanced Vehicle Team (PSU AVT) has designed a series plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) fueled by E85. The reengineered 2013 Chevrolet Malibu uses a front-wheel-drive system powered by a 90 kW Magna E-Drive motor to supply the propulsion for the Malibu. The PSU AVT vehicle has an auxiliary power unit consisting of a Weber MPE 750 engine fueled by E85, coupled to a UQM PowerPhase 75 generator to supply DC power to the high-voltage bus. The vehicle uses lithium-ion-phosphate batteries to form the basis for the energy storage system..