The University of Vermont Alternative Energy Racing Organization is a student run group that works for the advocacy, research, and development of alternative energy drive systems. We model ourselves as a progressive engineering firm with our primary goal to design, build, test, and race a highly competitive vehicle in the annual International Formula-Hybrid competition sponsored by IEEE
and SAE. For us, it is an opportunity to demonstrate the efficacy of non-traditional drive-systems for mobility engineering and get to drive fast at the same time! We are committed to finding smart solutions to complex problems. Not only do we push the envelope of green innovation, but we also strive to educate about the issues associated with non-renewable energy sources. Please take a look around and be sure to contact us with any questions or comments.
Well, its been about 4 months since our last post, and boy have we been busy! Our power electronics systems have been received and are happily spinning on a lab bench. The frame has gone through some major transformations. While it is no longer a shiny chromoly work of art, it is much better suited to holding all of its guts! Cooling, controls, and steering have made great progress, and so have the battery packs. Tires are mounted and the rims are all balanced thanks to Larry Munson at Munson Auto in Hinesburg, VT. We are on track to have the chassis rolling in about a week, with brakes and steering following closely after that.
What do you get when you add one week, lots of steel, a machine shop, and hundreds of man hours? This list. We managed to complete every item on this list in time to get them painted. Except pushrod mounting points on the lower front a-arms, that is.
Newton was kind (and brave) enough to ferry the bare frame to our friends at for a bead blast and a coat of paint.
As always, the guys at Hazelett did an amazing job. Seriously, if Randy, Robert, or Albert are reading this, you guys are great! We definitely owe Albert a new pair of boots; they’re perpetually stained green because of us.
Keep an eye out for more updates as the competition gets closer!
It’s been quite a while since we’ve updated this website, mainly because most of our work has been designing a car, meaning that we have had very little to show for it. UNTIL NOW!
Our frame has arrived! Designed by us and fabricated by Cartesian in Ontario, Canada, this frame will serve as the chassis for our latest hybrid vehicle, GreenSpeed 4. We’re thrilled with the job they did for us, and we can’t wait to start building it up. Unfortunately, that means that our welding skills will be put to shame when we add additional tubes and tabs.
They told us that it was the largest FSAE frame they’ve ever built, and we believe them: it seats nine!
We’ve also been getting other parts in, like our KTM SXF 250 engine. KTM wouldn’t sell us just the engine, so we acquired an entire bike, and tore it to shreds. The engine and its support systems will be transplanted into GreenSpeed 4, and we’ve found a new home for the rolling chassis that we left behind. Our 36 new horses will make it so that we no longer need to carry an airhorn to clear traffic when test driving on campus.
We’re not just leaving that engine stock, where’s the fun in that!? A Rekluse clutch is being fitted to our KTM engine to make life a little easier for our control systems guys. The people at Rekluse were awesome, and modified one of their stock clutches to work with GreenSpeed 4!
Things are heating up over in Votey, stay tuned for updates!
After a few very busy weeks, we finally have some competition results to share! For the second year in a row, we placed second in the all electric class at the Formula Hybrid International Competition which earned us second place overall. We were also awarded the IEEE award for Excellence in Electrical Vehicle Engineering.
We were the first team to make it through all of the technical inspections, including making it through electrical tech inspection on our first try, thanks to the monumental efforts of Andrew Giroux. In addition to being the first to pass tech, we were the only team to be ready to drive for each event during its scheduled time, even though most events ended up being extended in an effort to allow more teams to drive.
We would like to thank our generous sponsors, including UVM’s Clean Energy Fund, Hazelett Strip Casting Corporation, Dassault Systemes, and Manzanita Micro Power Systems for their generous contributions to our team and Dartmouth College, IEEE, SAE, Ford, Chrysler, and General Motors for making this competition possible.
Now that the frame is back from paint, we’re ready for our last big push to the competition! We would like to give a huge thank you to Albert Laplante, Peter Rowan, and Randy Proulx over at Hazelett Strip Casting Corporation for doing an awesome job sand blasting and painting our frame year after year for us!
We’ve been hard at work for the last week doing final fitment of parts to the frame, putting us in a good position for testing before we leave for the competition at the end of April. Here’s a sneak peek at our progress as of Saturday evening:
Spring 2014 semester is officially underway and we are excited to prepare for this year’s competition. We are currently revamping and renovating CleanSpeed in hopes that it will perform even better than it did last year!
Special guest Milo Werner, Senior Manager of Manufacturing Introduction at Tesla Motors and alumni of the University of Vermont. Gave a presentation on Monday 10/28 about her role at Tesla and what they have been up to over the past two years. She showed us a lot of photos and videos of them building the Model S, Tesla’s new flagship all electric sedan.
AERO was at the 7th annual Tech Jam last Friday and Saturday showing of the car. Vermont Tech Jam is located at the Memorial Auditorium, Burlington where local groups and businesses present their work. Check out the WCAX video below: WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports-
AERO has grown substantially since last year! We have added 30+ members to our roster. We look forward to getting to know the new members and integrating them into the team. There’s always work to be done around the shop!
AERO made an appearance at this year’s Champlain Mini Maker Faire on Saturday 28, 2013 at the beautiful Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms. We were surrounded by booths presenting other innovative gizmos and gadgets displayed by groups such as VT HITEC and UTC Aerospace.
Attending this event represents one of out club goals which is to inspire adolescents entering the workforce to get involved with engineering and show them that they are capable of making unique and cool projects too!