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: Luke Shepley and Chris Golecki
Communications Manager: Taylor Kidd
Business Manager: Jacob Hauptman and Bree Hyland
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 five subgroups: mechanical, 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 with E85. The converted 2013 Chevrolet Malibu will use a front-wheel-drive system powered by a Magna E-Drive motor with a 90 kW electric drive unit to supply the propulsion for the converted Malibu. For the auxiliary power unit, the PSU AVT will use a Weber MPE 750 engine fueled with E85, coupled to a UQM PowerPhase 75 generator to supply DC power to the high-voltage bus. The vehicle will use lithium-ion-phosphate batteries to form the basis for the energy storage system.