Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Challenge X

PostedMay 18, 2008

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Randy Atkins:  During the last four years, seventeen schools across North America re-engineered Chevy Equinox SUVs.  Sarah O'Neill, a recent mechanical engineering graduate on the Virginia Tech team, says judges will be looking at…

Sarah O'Neill:  What kind of emissions reduction do we have, what's our range, how is our performance matching against other schools?

Randy Atkins:  The Tech students put in a smaller engine to turn the front wheels that runs on 85% ethanol.  Energy is captured both from its motion and braking.

Sarah O'Neill:  The energy goes into the battery pack, which is then used to power the motor in the back of the car, which drives the rear axel.

Randy Atkins:  So she says there's no loss of power.  With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, 103.5 FM, WTOP Radio.