Kingsport - The winner of the EcoCAR Challenge, an automobile designed by 66 Virginia Tech College of Engineering students, will appear at Ross N. Robinson Middle School on Friday, November 11, 2011.
Three years of re-engineering went into the 2009 General Motors crossover SUV, resulting in a hybrid electric vehicle which boasts the equivalent of 82 miles per gallon. The competition, co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors, focused on the goal of rebuilding a standard vehicle to be more efficient, cutting petroleum energy use while maintaining consumer acceptability, stock appearance, and safety.
Jesse Alley, a Dobyns-Bennett graduate, Virginia Tech master's student in mechanical engineering, and EcoCAR 2 challenge team leader, will accompany the vehicle to Kingsport. Alley helped lead the team that bested 15 other competitors worldwide.
For more information, contact Robinson Middle School Technology Assistant Robert Alley at (423) 378-2203.
7:00–8:00 Breakfast @ Shoney’s
8:00–10:00 Robinson Middle School
10:00–10:45 Media Interviews @ Robinson Middle School
11:00–12:45 Sevier Middle School
1:00–4:00 Dobyns Bennett High School
4:30–5:00 Downtown Parking Garage **Plug-In Station**
Link to the HEVT Website.http://www.me.vt.edu/hevt/index.php
Here is a link to an article about the EcoCar team winning the competition last June.http://www.vt.edu/spotlight/achievement/2011-06-27-ecocar/ecocar-wins.html