401 North Grant Street, KNOY Hall
West Lafayette, IN 47906
Faculty Advisors: Dr. Vahid Motevalli, Dr. Greg Shaver, Dr. Olga Wasynczu, Dr. Henry Zhang, Dr. Peter Meckl and Dr. Eric Dietz
Team Leader: Haley Moore
Communication Managers: Lauren Berghoff & Josh Petty
Business Managers: Joe Maddy & Jose Viana
The EcoMakers are a diverse team of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty advisors, and university mentors who cross various disciplines at Purdue University. The team is composed of three technical subgroups: controls, powertrain integration, and energy storage systems. These groups, made up of undergraduate engineering and technology students and overseen by graduate students, work together to design and implement the chosen vehicle architecture. In addition to these technical groups is a committee of graduate and undergraduate students from different disciplines that manages outreach and business activities, such as media and community outreach and fundraising.
The Purdue EcoMakers selected the parallel-through-the-road (PTTR) plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) as their final EcoCAR 2 architecture. The vehicle can be plugged into a standard wall outlet to charge a high-energy-capacity A123 Systems battery, and it can run in electric-only mode. With a 45 kW Magna E-Drive motor, the vehicle will be propelled solely by the electric rear drivetrain. The 1.7 L diesel engine, which operates the front drive train, will help power the vehicle if the acceleration demand is higher than what the electric motor can provide. Once the battery charge is depleted, the front drivetrain will take over, and the vehicle will be powered solely by the B20-capable diesel engine. The rear drive train will continue to function for regenerative braking and to supplement the engine for brief periods when the acceleration demand is high.