Day 2 we woke up bright and early for our 6am team meeting, we discussed strategy for the day and had a quick breakfast before heading to the paddocks and starting work.
Our goals for the day were to get Sofie and Alice into tech inspection, so right at 8am we lined up with Sofie and got the tech inspection process started. There are 11 tech inspection stations for Hydrogen Prototype technical inspection: Weight, Horn, Timed Escape, Mechanical Systems, Hydrogen, Electrical Systems, Brake Test, Harness Test, Dimensions, Visibility, and Seat Belt. Sofie easily passed Weight, Timed Escape, Brake Test, Dimensions, Seat Belt, and Visibility. The horn was not installed yet, and when we got to Mechanical, we had some fixes we needed to do for Sofie’s steering wheel post before we could pass that station. We moved on to Hydrogen anyways, which is typically one of the most difficult stations to pass, and we passed our hydrogen leak test on the first go! Unfortunately we weren’t able to finish our inspection because the Shell Eco-marathon Opening Ceremonies were beginning and tech inspection was closing until 2pm.
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. They will be cheering us on as we compete in the Hydrogen UrbanConcept and Prototype categories at the 2018 Shell Eco-marathon Americas taking place from April 19 – 22 at the Sonoma Raceway in California.
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.
Like previous days, our team had an early start; at 6:00am our team took Sofie to line up for racing. Even though prototype races started at 9:30am, we lined up early to get near the front of the queue to ensure we would be one of the first to race. Despite our very early wake-up, there were a few teams in front of us in line. In line, we conditioned our fuel cell (similar to how an athlete warms up before a race or game, our fuel cell performs best after having been running for a bit) because it allows the membranes in the fuel cell to become hydrated.
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.
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.