We had a massive number of people show up to our AGM! This was our most successful AGM ever with enough people to almost completely fill a big lecture hall in ETLC. Thank you to everybody who came. We hope you join our team and learn valuable skills while building the most fuel-efficient vehicles in the world.
It’s been a good couple of weeks in terms of videos. We released our promotional video for the 2016-17 year and in the same week, the University of Alberta featured us at the Celebrate Teaching, Learning, Research event in a video. We hope you enjoy them!
Here’s our 2016-17 promo video:
Interested in learning outside the classroom? Gaining hands-on engineering, business, community engagement, or education experience? What about changing the world and making friends while you’re at it?
EcoCar is hosting its Annual General Meeting to celebrate last year’s success, discuss the state of the team, and our vision for the future (of the team and of the world). Here, we will also welcome anyone interested in joining our team and introduce you to some of our team’s senior members and learn more about the team.
The team woke up early as usual and after their morning chores, headed to the park to finish the work started the previous day. The Mec E’s – Jerry, Chris P, Chris O and Kent – installed the hall-effect sensor and Nik hooked up his laptop to begin testing. After some fiddling with the code and the GUI, the go-pedal was pushed. An even louder VROOOOOOOOM! We didn’t know if it was possible, but the motor was going faster than yesterday! Hilariously, the noise was loud enough to scare Alex and Nathan quite a bit.
Day 5 began in high spirits and we were ready for more testing on all fronts. Some brainstorming the previous night had resulted in ideas on how to fix the issues with the fuel-cell system and the motor. For some reason, the fuel-cell controller was turning off during operation and stopping the flow of electricity to the car. We were also ready to install our new motor controller, the Vedder, which had just started working the previous night. We were expecting this to increase the speed of the car with more precise control over the motor.
Day 3 at the Shell Eco-marathon Europe started bright and early at 6:30 am. We made our way to the paddocks to continue working on the car and to take it to technical inspection for the first time in London. With spot number 20 in the line, we queued up in high spirits which, unfortunately, soon turned to boredom since we needed to wait for a total of four hours before getting into the testing area. One of our more opportunistic members (calling you out Ryan!) even decided to catch up on some much needed sleep inside the car!
We’re in London for the Shell Eco-marathon Europe 2016 and the inaugural Drivers’ World Championship! The team was greeted with warm weather as most of our members met up and headed to the venue, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
First item on the list – team registration. This is required by all teams attending the competition and is where we get our participant badges, official team number sticker, etc. Two members of our team, Jerry and Harry, joined the immense queue and began the process. Unfortunately, the line was so long that this process took several hours. After finally getting this sorted out, we headed to the paddocks area to locate our designated working spot (paddock) and the big crate containing our car and equipment. We found our spot but couldn’t find our crate. After asking around a little, we were informed that the crate was too heavy to bring inside the paddocks area and was placed outside. A little relieved at this discovery, we found the crate, unpacked it, and brought everything to our paddock.
After two years of planning, building, re-planning, and some more building, the EcoCar team’s new car, Alice, is finally ready. Our team has put in a lot of hard work and effort into this car. In fact, for the past few months, many of our members have been working on the car till the early hours of the morning, sometimes till 5 am!
Ladies and gentlemen, the time has come! The Ecocar team will be unveiling our new hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, Alice!
Shell also holds a challenge where the team that gets the most number of people to show up and sign an attendance sheet wins FREE SHIPPING TO THE COMPETITION!! This is a huge amount of money that we can save! So please come out, check out the cool new car, eat pizza and help us win free shipping!
The EcoCar team met again last Saturday to continue working on Alice. With the deadline for car completion just around the corner, our members our working hard, day and night (quite literally). After a hectic morning, we decided to take a break for a few minutes, eat some lunch and bond.