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Student Organization Spotlight: EcoCAR

January 8, 2019

The Ohio State University EcoCAR team is one of 12 teams competing in the EcoCAR Mobility Challenge. Over the next four years, the team will be re-engineering a 2019 Chevrolet Blazer into an environmentally friendly SAE level 2 autonomous vehicle. The competition also incorporates car-sharing technology and connected technology, which allows vehicles to communicate with each other on the road.

The first year of the competition is the planning stage; none of the teams have a vehicle yet. Ohio State EcoCAR is working diligently to choose an appropriate vehicle architecture by using digital modeling and simulation software so the team can hit the ground running once the Blazer arrives. Some functional teams are also engaging in hands-on projects to prepare them for working on a vehicle.

Ohio State EcoCAR is made up of around 75 students, ranging from undergraduate freshmen to Ph.D. candidates. Students on the team have a diverse variety of majors from mechanical and electrical engineering to business and communication. Any motivated, hard-working Ohio State student interested in the automotive industry is welcome to join.

During Spring 2019, meetings are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Tuesday at the Ohio State Center for Automotive Research (930 Kinnear Rd, Columbus, OH 43212). Rides to and from the Center for Automotive Research are provided for students who do not have a car. Interested students can contact Simon Trask at

Follow the team on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @osuecocar.