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Energy Conversion and Conservation
During the last decades of the 20th century, many electric vehicles (EV), such as pure electric vehicles, fuel cell vehicles, and hybrid vehicles, were developed to solve the air pollution problems in cities caused by traditional internal combustion engine vehicles. Environmental concerns, depletion of fossil fuel resources, and the increase in gas prices boost the demand for EV and plug-in Hybrid Vehicles (HV) because of their higher efficiency and low or no gas emission. Also, strict emission requirements triggered leading to the research on efficient, environment friendly and less fossil fuel dependent solutions in the transportation field. Since EVs and HVs are commercially available today, they are of special interest for many people – from car owners to technicians, scientist to technology followers. This interest bring a necessity to academia to educate students for future workforce about EVs. A team of students from a various programs under Engineering Technology (ET) department worked on a non-working electric car over a year as part of their class and independent study course projects. An old car (1984 model) was converted to a fully electric car around 10 years ago in a company owned one of the technology program alumni. A couple years ago, the car was donated and transported to ET department for potential student research and teaching activities. However, the car was in a non-working condition with a minimal written instructions. Students and faculty members spent extensive time and efforts to study mechanical and electrical systems of this converted car in order to turn in a research opportunity and use potential energy related coursework. After a year of work including inspection and registration process the electric car became a working automobile. The vehicle became a very good demonstration and recruiting tools for ET programs as well as clean energy promoting tool. All the steps including challenges and outcomes of this research will be shared at the conference with a detailed proceeding paper.
Yildiz, F., & Coogler, K. L., & Pecen, R., & Dakeev, U. (2020, June), A Multidisciplinary Energy Project: Rebuilding a Non-working Electric Car with Students Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34020
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