After making some mechanical adjustments to the motor plates, the mechanical team reassembled the motor plate onto the dynamometer this week. The controls team has now resumed testing out the motor while the mechanical team continues work in the engine bay.
Starting the month of March off right with another Mover n Shaker Award. Mitch Johnston received the Mover n Shaker Award from Team Leader, Jake. Mitch has been contributing to both the mechanical and controls teams work. Also this past Friday he worked in the shop late to help out with some mechanical work.
Some members from the Hybrid Team attended the Chicago Auto Show this past Saturday. Major automotive companies came to this big event to show off some of their vehicles that are on the market, soon to be on the market, and concept vehicles. There was also an opportunity to test drive and participate in simulations. Overall this was a great experience for the team members. Special thanks to Glenn for making this happen.
This past Friday, Brian Lee was officially announced as the new Mechanical Leader. Brian has been working with the team for about two and half years, and has contributed to some of the larger scale mechanical projects in past years. His goals as the new mechanical leader are to keep projects organized with status updates, as well as to give new members the opportunity to learn from old members. Congratulations Brian and best of luck to you as the new Mechanical Leader!
Also this past Friday, the team recognized a new team member for his hard work over winter break. Peter Conis received the Mover n Shaker Award for coming into the shop over winter break to help get the vehicle running fully electric before going to the Wisconsin Corn and Soy Expo.
The team headed up to Wisconsin Dells January 30th-February 1st, for the Wisconsin Corn & Soy Expo at the Kalahari. The team was at the Expo to show off their current work in preparation for RCCI implementation into the vehicle. They had a chance to talk with people about their technology and how the biodiesel and wet ethanol were to be injected into the engine simultaneously.
Yesterday the final mechanical and controls adjustments were made on eMoove, the motor was tested out first and then the eMoove was driven out of the shop on it’s own power to do a little drive test around the engineering campus.
(Click on the links above to see the videos)
Thank you everyone for making this such a big success for the team.
Over winter break the vehicle for RCCI was taken over to MATC to receive another fuel door to accommodate dual fueling. While the vehicle was at MATC, EMP fabricated two custom fuel tanks that allows our vehicle to hold two different fuels simultaneously. Once the vehicle returned to the shop, members worked on the vehicle and it is now an almost fully functional electric vehicle.
Last week, Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board (WSMB) donated $15,000 to help with the development of the RCCI project. The vehicle will be shown off next year from Jan. 30-Feb.1st for the WSMB’s annual conference at Kalahari in Wisconsin Dells.
It was the last home game of the Badger Football Season, this game is always dedicated to all the Seniors that will be graduating from UW-Madison. For some member on the Hybrid Vehicle Team this will be their final year as UW undergraduate students. Before the final game of the season took place, there was the Badger Bash at Union South on Saturday, where a few Seniors from the vehicle team volunteered some of their time to help drive the Bucky Wagon around Union South to give a grand entrance for the UW Marching Band Assistant Directors and Bucky.
This past weekend a few members from the mechanical and controls team worked on the dynamometer in preparation for RCCI. It’s official the Dyno is alive!! (Click on the link to see a short video) The dynamometer is a device utilized to measure force, moment forces (torque) or power produced by the engine and motor. The next goal for the dyno is to get wiring all squared away and fix a few components mechanically. Let’s keep up the good work!