A team from the University of Waterloo (Ontario, Canada) beat the competition from 16 US universities to take top place overall at the Challenge X: Crossover to Sustainable Mobility engineering competition with their fuel-cell-powered vehicle design.
Challenge X (earlier post) is a three-year competition sponsored by General Motors and the US Department of Energy.
The four-day event at GM University, held from June 5 to 8, marked the end of the first year of the competition, which focused on design, modeling and simulation. Years two and three of the competition—which focus on the actual engineering and integration of the powertrain into a Chevy Equinox—will be held at the end of the 2006 and 2007 academic years.
The Waterloo team, sponsored by Natural Resources Canada and Hydrogenics Corporation, was the only one to use fuel cells in their design.
The Waterloo propulsion system uses a series fuel-cell hybrid design based on a Hydrogenics PEM fuel cell, COBASYS 288-volt NiMH battery and Ballard 54-kW electric drive.
The University of Akron took second place with a parallel hybrid design using a 1.9-liter Volkswagen TDI biodiesel-powered engine and a Ballard 65-kilowatt/45-kilowatt drive motor.
The Ohio State University grabbed third-place with a parallel biodiesel hybrid design that features a Panasonic NiMH battery and a 1.9-liter Fiat 110-kilowatt CIDI engine.
(A hat-tip to Faraz S.!)