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EcoCAR2 Team Presenting ‘Revenge of the Electric Car’ on Sunday

February 9, 2012

The rising popularity of electric vehicles and their impact on the world eco-system, over the objectives of major car manufacturers, is the focus of a special documentary "Revenge of the Electric Car" being presented Sunday, February 12, at 3 p.m. in Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's Hatfield Hall Theater.  This is a free event and the public is encouraged to view this film.

             EcoCAR on campus
  

Advancing Transportation: Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has established a leadership role in setting the course for advanced transportation technology and efficient fuel initiatives through its involvement in the EcoCAR advanced vehicle development program, organized by the U.S. Department of Energy.

This special presentation has been arranged by Rose-Hulman's EcoCAR2 Team as an outreach activity to showcase the viability of electric vehicles.  The team will also have its 2011 biodiesel vehicle on display, and members and faculty advisors will be available to talk with guests about how electric vehicles work and their environmental impact.  Activities will begin at 2 p.m. in the lobby of Hatfield Hall.

"Revenge of the Electric Car" is a 2011 documentary directed by Chris Paine and narrated by Tim Robbins.  It also showcases actor Danny DeVito, an early advocate for electric vehicles.  He was very unhappy to lose his electric car in the mid-2006 when major car manufacturers stopped producing and servicing electric vehicles.

The documentary also delves into the history of the electric car, particularly General Motors' EV-1 (the car DeVito loved), and its sudden demise.  The documentary then explores the resurgence of this green machine through the efforts of Tesla's electric roadster and Nissan's Leaf vehicle.  Now, General Motors has had renewed interest in producing an electric car with the Volt.

A sequel to the popular "Who Killed The Electric Car?", "Revenge of the Electric Car" is also a portrait of entrepreneurs and a lesson in business practices.  It looks at the U.S. economic crisis and the impact it had on the redevelopment of the electric car, and it examines the roles of four men instrumental in reviving it: Bob Lutz (GM), Carlos Ghosn (Nissan), Elon Musk (Tesla) and Greg "Gadget" Abbott (independent converter).

Rose-Hulman has established a leadership role in setting the course for advanced transportation technology and efficient fuel initiatives through its involvement in the EcoCAR advanced vehicle development program, organized by the U.S. Department of Energy.  The college is one of 16 North American colleges and universities participating in EcoCAR2: Plugging into the Future, a competition striving to help prepare future engineers for opportunities in clean energy and advanced vehicle industries. 

EcoCAR testing        
Testing Things Out: EcoCAR team member Jon Nibbert and co-faculty advisor Marc Herniter test the performance characteristics of the biodiesel vehicle that was developed by Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology students after following a real-world engineering regimen modeled after GM's Global Vehicle Development Process.    

EcoCAR2 is a unique, three-year educational partnership between GM and DOE.  Rose-Hulman students have started to explore a variety of powertrain architectures and follow a real-world engineering regimen modeled after GM's Global Vehicle Development Process.  The team will utilize a Chevrolet Malibu, donated by GM, as the integration platform for their advanced vehicle design.  The vehicle will be tested for its reduction on the environmental impact without compromising performance, safety and consumer acceptability.

The EcoCAR project is part of Rose-Hulman's advanced transportation program, which has several partners with industry.  Other student projects in the program include the Efficient Vehicles Team, Human Powered Vehicle Team, Gran Prix Engineering Team, Team Rose Motorsports and Design-Build-Fly aeronautics team.

EcoCar2's combination of cutting-edge engineering practices, hands-on experience, exposure to world-class organizations and knowledge sharing in a competitive and team-oriented environment gives participating students a head start toward future job success.  Participants will make contributions that will help keep the North American automotive industry competitive in the global market place, which is increasing adopting fuel efficient designs.

Learn more about Rose-Hulman's EcoCAR team by clicking here.