Congratulations to Clint!

Recently, a Mover and Shaker Award was give to Clint Carney! This award is given to team members who go above and beyond on their work for the team. Clint is the design lead for the fuel tank that will go in the Mooventure as we work to make it a hybrid. Keep up the good work!

Introducing Our Newest Sponsor… New Eagle!

This semester we are so excited to be sponsored by New Eagle. New Eagle specializes in hybrid and electric vehicle control systems. They help clients built control software that really speed up the process. They also work in autonomous, electro-hydraulic, and engine control products. New Eagle also provide us with expertise as we start our process to turn the Mooventure into an autonomous vehicle.

 

Oshkosh Corporation Helps Wisconsin Hybrid Begin Autonomous Vehicle Endeavor!

Earlier this semester we were incredibly happy to team up with Oshkosh Corporation Thanks to one of the biggest donations in Wisconsin Hybrid’s recent history, we are proud to announce that we now have the resources to begin our Autonomous Vehicle research! This is a project that has been in the works for a long time and we couldn’t ask for a better company to support us. Oshkosh makes so many unbelievable products right here in Wisconsin. From defense vehicles like the MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (photo below), to JLG Boom Lifts that are able to reach heights of 185ft (to the left of our car is a JLG scissors lift), they are leaders in specialty vehicles. Thank you again Oshkosh, for your support of our team. We’re very excited about what the future holds!  🚘

Thank You Exact Metrology

We are very excited to work with Exact Metrology again this year! The folks at Exact Metrology are leaders in the 3D scanning industry with some of the best technology on the market at their office in Brookfield, WI. We paid them a visit last year before our car was running and we highly recommend their services. Their scanning technology was critical to getting the Mooventure rolling last year. We’d like to thank them for their continued support of what we do and can’t wait for them to come visit our shop!

The Mooventure is Driving!! – Major Team Update

The title says it all! I’ll try to go through some of the steps we’ve made to get this car functional and on the road!

When we last left off, the motor mount was completed and ready to be put in the car. That is exactly what happened. Once the motor was put in place, this allowed for measurements to be made to finalize the design of the CVs. The CVs were custom made in the shop, and were tricky to get perfect, but alas they were completed!

At the same time this CV work was happening, the new level 2 electric charge port needed to be machined and installed. Here you can see the completed product with the Mooventure charging up in our garage.

The Mooventure “refueling” with its custom made charge port – April 2017
Close up of The Mooventure charging up in the public EV charging station in the engineering parking ramp. – April 2017

After the motor was put in, all the auxiliary components to make the battery and motor work needed to be installed under the hood. This included a liquid coolant system that ran from the radiator in the front grill all the way to the batteries in the trunk. Here you can see what our car looks like under the hood.

A look at the auxiliary components and motor under the hood of our all electric vehicle, The Mooventure. April -2017
Aanothe look under the hood of The Mooventure – April 2017

Once everything critical was put in the car, our Lead Mechanic Max, our Technical Team lead Dimitrii, and our Controls Team Lead Roumen, took the Mooventure out for its first test run in the early morning rain of April 27th, 2017. The test was a success and we are proud to announce that The Mooventure officially became a functioning car!

We sent out a little teaser on our Instagram marking the first test drive of The Mooventure. “Hmmm it appears a wild Mooventure was out for a drive last night… Could it be??” – April 27th, 2017

After some more test runs, tuning, and a few more hurdles, The Mooventure can now be seen driving silently around Madison! Below you can see some photos/videos of The Mooventure enjoying the warm weather and the views around Madison.

The EV Mooventure next to its older brother The Bucky Wagon enjoying the view on Observatory Drive – April 2017
The Mooventure charging up in the public EV charging station in the engineering parking ramp. – April 2017

We want to thank everyone who made this achievement possible. First, all of our sponsors who supply the materials and funding for the vehicle, second our Advisor Glenn Bower for his wisdom and support, and finally I want to thank the team who got their hands dirty and made this car run. This was a team effort and everyone who chipped in to help this car run should feel proud.

The Mooventure taking a trip through the Arboretum:

We look forward to a productive summer of tuning The Mooventure, planning our next steps, outreach events, and continuing to learn every day. Keep an eye out on our social media for more updates!

Cheers,

Billy Walsh

Wisconsin Hybrid Team Administrator