This Saturday work-session, we decided to sit down with some of our new team-members and talk to them about their experience with EcoCar so far. Recruiting new talent is essential for the team’s progress. This is precisely why EcoCar welcomes every new member’s unique brand of creativity, problem-solving skills and passion. Here’s what they had to say.
We picked up the Aeroshell mold for our new car Alice! A few of us drove down to Calgary to get it early in the morning.
The Aeroshell forms the outer body of the car. It serves to make the car aerodynamic while simultaneously making it look pretty. We’re all about multitasking here at EcoCar 🙂 The next step is to sand this baby down and then use it to make the final Aeroshell.
Hello again everyone! Things have been busy as usual at EcoCar. The Mec E’s have been hard at work building Alice‘s chassis: the “skeleton” of the car. Apart from holding the suspension, aeroshell, electrical boards, and hydrogen fuel cell together, the chassis plays a critical role in the overall stability and structure of the car. Needless to say, this is one of the car’s most important components.
We had a blast at the Engineering Students’ Society Carnival (also known as Eng Carnival)! There was immense interest shown in EcoCar and we really hope to see our ranks increase this year. Thank you to all the wonderful people who came out to have fun and learn about EcoCar and the other engineering groups. A very special thank you as well to the Engineering Students’ Society for organizing this event and making it possible.
You would think that getting a motor to move a car forward would be a fairly straightforward process. Unfortunately, like many things in life, it’s not that simple. This year’s Shell Eco-marathon wrapped up in April 2015. Since then, our motors team has been hard at work trying to get the motor that moves our new car, Alice, to spin smoothly. As it so happens, this particular motor was intended to spin hobby airplane propellers and so there are a few obstacles in the way to say the least.
As I’m sure you’ve noticed, over the last few days we’ve been very quiet. It looks like the time has come to share the bad news.
On Friday our team found out that our vehicle was in Houston, but it was stuck in customs. We got in touch with the University Customs department and our broker to get the issue resolved. We had already had a couple hiccups during the shipping so this didn’t seem major. Our customs department was hopeful that the issue would be quickly resolved.
Good news today! The U of A Ecocar team arrived safely in Houston, TX early this morning. The energy level at the 2013 opening ceremonies was high as teams were excited to put their vehicles to the test. The crate with the car in it is scheduled to arrive in about an hour and the team will be hard at work getting it race-ready. Check out some of the last minute work that was done before we left in the photo album available here.
Today’s the day we’re heading out to Houston. Flights leave at midnight and tomorrow the competition stats.
Over the the last couple weeks things have gotten a little hectic trying to get prepared, get the car shipped, and then deal with customs to make sure the car makes it to Houston. We’ve been super swamped and haven’t been able to keep everyone update on the blog. We apologize about that. However, we’ve made sure to take tons of pictures and once we get back from competition, we’ll be putting together a whole series of blogs documenting our entire journey.
Sorry about the long delay between updates to the blog! We got a little busy working on the car and forgot to be sharing all the exciting process.
With about a month to go until competition it’s about time we brought everyone back up to speed. Over the next three weeks we’ll be blogging about the new car we have developed, as well as sharing some stories from the previous year.
April 3, 2012
This morning our first stop was a lovely little gas station/tourist shop. The outside was done to look like fake old buildings and stores. On the inside you could buy anything from postcards and stamps to statues, guns, clothes, and sandwiches. There was even a section of the till devoted to rattle snake items. There were canes with rattle snake heads, stuffed rattle snakes, rattle snake skin wallets and shoes. The gentleman running the shop was a very nice fellow and we had a good chat with him. He pointed out some of the sights to see along our road. He mentioned the Apache camps in the hills, the locations of famous battles, and mining ghost towns. We were truly in the land of cowboys and Indians. Unfortunately we would be unable to stop at any of these locations as we had to continue our trip home. But someday we may find the time to explore the sights of New Mexico.