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Hybrid Electric Team

Hybrid Electric Team

EcoCAR Mobility Challenge is the latest U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC) series and is North America’s premier collegiate automotive engineering competition. The U.S. DOE, General Motors, and MathWorks are challenging 12 North American universities to redesign a Chevrolet Blazer into a hybrid-electric vehicle by integrating advanced propulsion systems, connected and automated vehicle technologies while decreasing energy consumption with an emphasis on consumer appeal and safety.

EcoCAR teams are tasked with incorporating innovative ideas, solving complex engineering challenges, and applying the latest cutting-edge technologies to ultimately reduce energy consumption. Teams have four years (2018-2022), to harness their ideas to meet engineering, environmental and economic goals. The vehicle will keep its stock body design, while student teams develop and implement performance systems under the hood, retain vehicle safety and meet high consumer standards.

Virginia Tech hosts an EcoCAR Mobility Challenge team, the Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team (HEVT), in the Ware Lab where students are currently in the vehicle build, component integration and initial testing phases of the project. The students who work on the project are highly motivated Sophomore - Senior engineering students across all disciplines from Mechanical, Electrical to Computer and Computer Science.

If you have questions regarding involvement with the team, or general questions about the team, email us at

  • Dan Harvey – Project Manager
  • Tim Ryan – Engineering Manager
  • Jacob Levin – Communications Manager
  • Thomas Legg – PCM GRA
  • Dillon Scott – PSI GRA
  • Tom Tase – CAVs GRA
  • Michael Zerr – CAVs Leader
  • Justin Wu – PCM Leader
  • Alex Keller – Mechanical Leader
  • Ryan Reynolds – Electrical Leader
  • Jordan Thomas – Systems Safety Leader

For more information about the EcoCAR Mobility Challenge, see the website.