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Conversion Of An Existing Car To A Rechargeable Electric Vehicle

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2009 Annual Conference & Exposition


Austin, Texas

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June 14, 2009

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June 14, 2009

End Date

June 17, 2009



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Capstone and Senior Design in Engineering Technology

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Engineering Technology

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14.367.1 - 14.367.10



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Janak Dave University of Cincinnati

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Janak Dave PhD, PE is a Professor in the department of Mechanical Engineering Technology at the University of Cincinnati. He obtained his MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri at Rolla. He has presented papers at ASEE Annual Conferences, ASME International Congress, and several International conferences and conducted CAD/CAM/CAE workshops nationally and internationally. He has held various positions in EDG and DEED divisions of ASEE, and local and national committees of ASME.

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Janet Dong University of Cincinnati

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Janet Dong, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the department of Mechanical Engineering Technology at University of Cincinnati. She holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering and a MS degree in Manufacturing Engineering. She received her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University in 2003. Her academic interests include CAD/CAM, manufacturing engineering technology, process planning, control and automation, robotics, engineering education and research, and manufacturing applications in the dental field.

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Conversion of an Existing Car to a Rechargeable Electric Vehicle


There is a need to improve the efficiency and reduce tailpipe emissions while maintaining the affordability of vehicles that are currently used for daily commuting. As petroleum deposits dwindle, automobile populations soar, gas prices inflate and cities become choked with combustion emissions, the internal combustion engine (ICE) is increasingly becoming the victim of its own success. Assuming that private automobiles continue to be a vital link in modern societies, they must become cleaner and more energy efficient.

Students working toward a baccalaureate degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology at the University of Cincinnati are required to complete a “Design, Build, and Test” Senior Capstone Design Project. During the 2006-2007 academic year two MET students proposed, for their “senior project”, to convert an existing Mustang automobile to a rechargeable electric vehicle (REV) for commuter transportation. They derived a great deal of personal satisfaction by working on a technically complex project.

This paper will give a short description of the Mechanical Engineering Technology senior capstone design course sequence at University of Cincinnati, the list of pre-requisites of this sequence, and describe the 2006-2007 REV project, providing information about an affordable, efficient and cleaner method for commuter transportation.


Completing a senior capstone design project is a graduation requirement for all students in the Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) department at the College of Applied Science, University of Cincinnati (UC). The capstone process consists of a four-course sequence resulting in a working product. These courses are designed to facilitate student synthesis and the application of knowledge and skills they have acquired prior to their senior year. This four- course sequence also requires students to utilize their abilities to solve open-ended problems and to prepare them for the transition from the academic world into an industrial environment.

The capstone project consists of designing, building, and testing a prototype for a product or process. At the completion of their senior capstone project, students will have acquired the following skills, which will apply to their professional careers.

1. Synthesizing knowledge from early courses 2. Starting from concept to production of a working prototype 3. Project management 4. Time management 5. Dealing with vendors 6. Oral communication with both technical and non-technical audiences 7. Writing a formal project report

Dave, J., & Dong, J. (2009, June), Conversion Of An Existing Car To A Rechargeable Electric Vehicle Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--4622

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