Toyota Canada announced as Exclusive Automotive Sponsor

The University of Alberta EcoCar Team is delighted to announce that Toyota Canada Inc. will be joining the team as this year’s Exclusive Automotive Sponsor.

Ever since the team’s creation in 2010, participating in the Shell Eco-Marathon has given the team not only an opportunity to push the boundaries of energy efficiency but also the chance to explore and build perspectives on how to tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges.

Featured sponsor: TEC Edmonton

We are pleased to announce that for the second year in a row, TEC Edmonton will be supporting the University of Alberta EcoCar team as a contributing sponsor.

TEC Edmonton is an Edmonton-based accelerator for emerging technology-based companies offering programs for business and professional development. Additionally, TEC Edmonton’s Technology Management team helps commercialize University of Alberta technologies. In 2017, the leadership they provided to the University of Alberta lead to four spin off companies and 29 US patents.

Summer updates from the Fuel Cell team.

We’ve had a very exciting summer designing and building our own custom hydrogen fuel cell in Dr. Secanell ‘s Energy Systems Design (ESD) Lab. This new fuel cell will allow our vehicles to run more efficiently and help the team expand it’s innovation in fuel cell technology. There are many parts that go into the cell and one of the essential components that has been completed is the humidifier. The humidifier is important to the system because it increases the cell’s overall efficiency, performance, and reliability. Without humidification, the membranes that are used to exchange protons become too dry and can result in poor function or failure of the fuel cell.

SEMA 2017 Day 2 Update

Early Afternoon

The second day of the Shell Eco-marathon at the COBO Center saw the team make major progress on both vehicles. Immediately after the opening ceremonies, the team got to work fixing any remaining structural issues with that was present with Alice during the trip down to Detroit. The team received a surprise gift bundle from the organizers for being the Canadian winners of the Shell Eco-marathon social media challenge (our team challenge is to eat all of the popcorn by the end of the weekend).

SEMA 2017 Opening Ceremony

The team got up bright and early to move both cars to the test track for the competition photos and attend the ecomarathon opening event.

Sofie’s final technical inspection will soon be underway. More to come

SEMA 2017 24 hours update: Setup, Pizza and Sofie’s Technical inspection

Day Zero

Work kicked off in earnest late Wednesday afternoon as the team’s early arrivals retrieved both the Urban concept and Prototype vehicles from its 29 hour road trip across the border. We spent time setting up our tents in the campground, moving tools and equipment to the paddock and attending the Eco-Marathon safety briefing. The road team was especially thankful for the balmy weather as it was a far cry from the stormy conditions that was a mainstay of the trip from Edmonton.

ALICE goes to Telus World of Science!

We were once again out in the community with ALICE as part of celebrations for the inaugural International science center and science museum day at Telus world of science Edmonton. Team members were also on hand to share with excited students and their families,the technology behind ALICE and also their experiences competing at the Shell Eco marathon.