Congratulations to Gary DiGiacomo and his Electrical Engineering Technology students, who won “Most Fuel-Efficient Vehicle” at the 2023 Watkins Glen Toyota Green Grand Prix on April 14. This is the 4th year SUNY Broome has won this prestigious award.
This annual educational and competitive event showcases motoring technology that aims for a cleaner environment.
The SUNY Broome students competed with their Chevy Metro which was converted to an electric drivetrain. The Metro features a 24 kWh Nissan Leaf battery pack, an HPEVS AC51 electric motor, a Curtis 1239e motor controller, and a 100-watt solar panel on the roof that charges the 12-volt battery to run lights and accessories. This semester’s student projects on the car include a new digital dash display and battery management system. The new upgrades helped the team complete the event using only 12.9kWh of electricity, which converts to over 200MPGe!
Gary and his students are continuously working to make additions and adjustments to keep up with current technology. This fast paced, competition driven project helps prepare students for the agile and competitive workforce. Their 1st place result proves SUNY Broome EET grads are ready.
The team would like to thank their sponsors, BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin, RedBarn Technology Group, and the IEEE Club. They would also like to thank their professors and Technical Assistant David Miller for all of their help with this project.
Submitted by: STEM Division
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