University of Washington
Stevens Way, Box 352600
Seattle, WA 98195
Faculty Advisors: Brian Fabien and Per Reinhall
Team Co-Leaders: Trevor Fayer and Trevor Crain
Communication Managers: Tyler Rose
Business Managers: Taj Matthews
The University of Washington (UW) team is highly interdisciplinary, with undergraduate and graduate students having engineering, business, and art backgrounds. Because this is the first time UW is participating in an AVTC, the team is building an EcoCAR-dedicated facility — UW Advanced Vehicle Works — from the ground up. The team’s goal is to create a laboratory for ongoing alternative fuel research beyond that required for the scope of the competition. With the university’s background in environmental science and transportation technology, the team is confident in its ability to excel in this competition.
The UW engineers are developing a parallel through-the-road (PTTR) plug-in hybrid architecture (PHEV). The team used a variety of tools and methods to select this final architecture, which the members determined to be the one that encompasses the best combination of efficiency and feasibility. A GM 1.7 L diesel engine in the front of the vehicle will power the car. Biodiesel will be the source of fuel for the internal combustion engine. A Remy electric traction motor will be fitted and drive the rear wheels. Batteries from A123 Systems placed in the rear trunk space will provide power to the motor.