University of Waterloo
200 University Ave West
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1 Canada
Faculty Advisors: Dr. Roydon A. Fraser, Dr. Michael Fowler, and Dr. Steven L. Waslander
Team Leaders: Gurhari P. Singh
Communications Manager: Haya Hussain
Business Manager: Anthony Strong
The University of Waterloo Alternative Fuels Team (UWAFT) is composed of graduate and undergraduate students from the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University. UWAFT’s primary mandate is to conduct research on and design advanced vehicle technologies and implement them in existing production vehicles to reduce fuel consumption, well-to-wheel greenhouse gas emissions, and criteria tailpipe emissions, while maintaining or exceeding vehicle performance, safety, and consumer acceptability. In addition to conducting technical research and development, UWAFT actively educates the public about alternative fuels and hybrid vehicle technologies via public outreach events and social media.
After completing an exhaustive design process, the team selected an E85 series plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) architecture for EcoCAR 2. An 18.9 kWh battery from A123 Systems will power two TM4 motors, which together are capable of delivering more than 260 horsepower to the wheels. The vehicle will have an all-electric range of 60 km and can be recharged by using a standard wall outlet. If the battery is not charged or is depleted, a 2.4 L GM-donated engine will come on line, providing power via an electric generator, to extend the vehicle’s range. The team selected these vehicle specifications on the basis of real-world driving habits and consumer feedback. By designing a vehicle based on driver needs, UWAFT hopes to push green vehicle technology into the mainstream automotive market.