Contributed by: ACT Staff
Race enthusiasts will get to cheer on UVM students on Thursday, August 14 before the race (between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.) at Thunder Road in Barre, Vermont as the UVM AERO hybrid car speeds around the track. What's unusual about this car is it runs on both gas and lithium batteries!
“GreenSpeed” is the 1st UVM hybrid racing car created by a team of energetic UVM students from the University of Vermont College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences new student organization called Alternative Energy Racing Organization (AERO). AERO received Second Place in Technical Design (behind Embry-Riddle) during its participation in the International Formula Hybrid Competition with other teams from as far away as Russia, Canada and Taiwan at the New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon, NH May 5-7, 2008. The car also received Best Hybrid-in-Progress Award, Chrysler's Best Hybrid System Engineering Award, and the Thayer School Dean's Award: Most Innovative Design Award.
Weighing approximately 600 pounds, the car has a 40 horsepower electric motor and a 40 horsepower gas engine for optimum speed! The UVM team designed “GreenSpeed” as a parallel hybrid with front regenerative braking. “These two things have not been done before”, says Doug Fraser, professional engineer from Dartmouth.