Archives for April, 2013

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Junior electrical engineering student Shane Poindexter, of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks’ “Nanook” team, explains  how the team transported their six vehicles more than 4,000 miles (6,400 kilometers) to Houston: In their airline luggage. He says even in an oil-producing state, the students recognize the importance of building more fuel-efficient vehicles. The team team’s six…

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Although the mileage turned in by the top performers in Shell Eco-marathon Americas may be eye-popping—typically about 2,000 miles per gallon (846 kilometers per liter)—the student competitors in the European edition of the competition achieve triple the fuel economy. (Last year’s European winner turned in a performance of 6,663.2 mpg (2,832.8 km/l). (See “French Teams…

Although hydrogen has been hampered as an oil alternative in the real world because of challenges in setting up a new fueling infrastructure, students are showing that it is a viable and clean transportation fuel at Shell Eco-marathon Americas. Andy Bank, of the University of Missouri’s Tigergen team, shows off Mizzou’s Tigergen III car in…

Louisiana Tech University has been a perennial winner at Shell Eco-marathon Americas, with an emphasis on slipping aerodynamic features into sleekly designed cars that look like they could be driving the roads today. “They want a car that looks like a car,” explained Heath Tims, associate professor of mechanical engineering and team coach. “They want…

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Why does this team’s high-efficiency car look like a taxi? Ride-sharing is the idea that students at St. Paul’s School in Covington, Louisiana wanted to drive home with the vehicle they built for Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2013. It’s nicknamed “Big Yellow Taxi,” and modeled after Benny the cartoon taxi in the movie, “Who Framed Roger…

Comments Off on Shell Eco-marathon Fuel Efficiency Race Kicks Off in Houston

More than 1,100 students from 112 schools in the United States and four other countries converged on the U.S. energy capital this weekend to show it’s possible to design and drive vehicles that use far less fuel than cars on the road today. Of course, these space-age super high-mileage cars that will circle the streets…

Comments Off on Celebrating an Almost-Finished Car

With only a week until Shell Eco-marathon, we here at MadSCI ran our car for the first time. Although this is our fourth car, the feeling of accomplishment never seems to dull, and the pride that has stemmed from that has completely invigorated the team. We don’t expect to bury the competition, nor is that…

10 Things Learned on the Way to Eco-marathon

Well the vehicles are loaded and on the way to Houston. My whole team of young Henry Fords are exhausted. Today I’m going to show the documentary Who Killed the Electric Car? in Physics. It has been a very busy ten days. Some things I have learned from the past week: 10. Your diet is…

When a golden eagle was killed at the 66-turbine Spring Valley Wind Farm near Ely, Nevada, in February, wind farm operator Pattern Energy reportedly was prompt in notifying authorities of the death and already had mitigation measures in place to protect birds and bats. Regardless, Pattern now faces a $200,000 fine over the incident because…

Comments Off on Running, Running, Running Ahead of Eco-marathon

I guess it’s nothing new to hear the teams that are going to participate in Shell Eco-marathon Americas are running like crazy to finish their cars on time. I never had thought it, but it takes a LOT of hard work to make a car, especially a supermileage car. The team has been working so…