SEMA 2015 19-Hour Update

We came here to eat pizza and to set records, and we’re all out of pizza. The 2014-2015 EcoCar Team has finally made it to Shell Ecomarathon Americas 2015. You can follow our progress with the beta SEMA tracking app.

A routine flight to Minneapolis treated us with a great view of one of America’s Greenest Cities and its numerous bike lanes, but with worrying weather working its way north in the American Mid-West, we were anxious to make it to Detroit before any tornado warnings would delay our flight. Oddly, a mechanical issue with out McDonnell-Douglas MD-90 ended up delaying our flight by three hours, which was followed by snowfall and logistical problems at the Minneapolis airport. After more than four hours waiting on the plane (and doing laps around the de-icing lots), we finally left the Twin Cities for Motor City.

About Mike Blouin

Michael is the Electrical Team Lead on the University of Alberta Eco-Car team. This is his second year on the team, after taking the position of Sensors Team Lead in summer 2013. He is in his fourth year of Computer Engineering.

Down to the Wire

We got an early start today — we had to. This morning 15 cars in our category had passed tech inspection, but only four had gotten runs in. That meant that the starting queue would be a long line and might limit us to only one run. Ergo: an early start.

We got down to the car and double checked all connections and systems. Everything seemed in order so we pushed the car out to the starting queue. Even then there were already a number of teams ahead of us. Fortunately, the line progressed quickly and we were soon on the starting line with race officials performing their final checks in order to calculate our mileage.

About Mike Blouin

Michael is the Electrical Team Lead on the University of Alberta Eco-Car team. This is his second year on the team, after taking the position of Sensors Team Lead in summer 2013. He is in his fourth year of Computer Engineering.

Hydrogen bonds

This morning we got into the queue for tech inspection the moment it opened. If we could make it through in the morning we’d be able to make the afternoon Urban Concept race. As we rolled up, the inspectors waved us through ahead of the queue and parked us next to the hydrogen station – they recognized us.

About Mike Blouin

Michael is the Electrical Team Lead on the University of Alberta Eco-Car team. This is his second year on the team, after taking the position of Sensors Team Lead in summer 2013. He is in his fourth year of Computer Engineering.

She’ll go, Eh?

Early this morning we got up, enjoyed a breakfast taco or two, and got to the morning orientation and safety sessions. After registering and going through a safety briefing we were finally ready to get to work on the car – but first: pictures. All of the teams were congregated on the front lawn of the convention center for a big group photo. Even though it was only 8:30 am the sun was sweltering.

About Mike Blouin

Michael is the Electrical Team Lead on the University of Alberta Eco-Car team. This is his second year on the team, after taking the position of Sensors Team Lead in summer 2013. He is in his fourth year of Computer Engineering.

Home is where the crate is!

Two flights, a taxi ride, and a midnight unpacking of our crate later – we made it! And we only nearly lost Balazs once!

About Mike Blouin

Michael is the Electrical Team Lead on the University of Alberta Eco-Car team. This is his second year on the team, after taking the position of Sensors Team Lead in summer 2013. He is in his fourth year of Computer Engineering.

Today’s innovation, tomorrow’s reality: U of A team unveils Eco-marathon car (with video)

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/business/Today+innovation+tomorrow+reality+team+unveils+marathon/9702003/story.html

About Mike Blouin

Michael is the Electrical Team Lead on the University of Alberta Eco-Car team. This is his second year on the team, after taking the position of Sensors Team Lead in summer 2013. He is in his fourth year of Computer Engineering.

Edmonton students taking eco-car to the track

http://www.edmontonsun.com/2014/04/04/edmonton-students-taking-eco-car-to-the-track

About Mike Blouin

Michael is the Electrical Team Lead on the University of Alberta Eco-Car team. This is his second year on the team, after taking the position of Sensors Team Lead in summer 2013. He is in his fourth year of Computer Engineering.

University of Alberta students hope zero-emission car wins international competition

http://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/university-of-alberta-students-hope-zero-emission-car-wins-international-competition-1.1201063

About Mike Blouin

Michael is the Electrical Team Lead on the University of Alberta Eco-Car team. This is his second year on the team, after taking the position of Sensors Team Lead in summer 2013. He is in his fourth year of Computer Engineering.

Local students build EcoCar

http://www.stalbertgazette.com/article/20130306/SAG0804/303069978/-1/sag0804/local-students-build-ecocar

About Mike Blouin

Michael is the Electrical Team Lead on the University of Alberta Eco-Car team. This is his second year on the team, after taking the position of Sensors Team Lead in summer 2013. He is in his fourth year of Computer Engineering.

Zero emission Eco-Car revs up

http://thegatewayonline.ca/article/view/Zero_emission_Eco-Car_revs_up

About Mike Blouin

Michael is the Electrical Team Lead on the University of Alberta Eco-Car team. This is his second year on the team, after taking the position of Sensors Team Lead in summer 2013. He is in his fourth year of Computer Engineering.