EPA Sponsorship and Participation
As an EcoCAR sponsor, EPA has committed to the following:
- Provide testing equipment and expertise – During the final Year 2 event in Yuma, Arizona at the GM testing grounds, EPA brought 6 Portable Emissions Measurement System (PEMS) units to test vehicles competing on-site. PEMS are used to collect emissions data while the vehicle is in use in the field to analyze emissions of real driving conditions.
- Host a technical workshop and provide laboratory facilities – In March 2011, EPA’s National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory (NVFEL) in Ann Arbor, Michigan will host the EcoCAR teams for a workshop and chassis dynamometer testing on each vehicle. See the EcoCAR Workshop and Testing at NVFEL (link) page for more information.
- Judge team technical and outreach presentations – EPA representatives will serve on the panel of judges for team technical and outreach presentations at EcoCAR events.
- Provide education and technical advice – EPA supports the teams at workshops and collaborates with organizers and sponsors to develop on-road drive cycles and ensure the technical validity of all EcoCAR procedures.
- EPA Representative Presentations- EPA leaders and technical experts will attend various workshops and events to speak to the EcoCAR Students and provide insight on environmental policy and emissions measurement and testing.
EPA is proud to sponsor and educate the next generation of engineers who will have to take energy and environmental challenges into account more than any other generation. EcoCAR is a great opportunity for students interested in pursuing a career in the automotive industry to learn about the environmental certification process and EPA in general. EPA helps students by supplying expertise, exposing them to emissions testing facilities and equipment, and adding a government/compliance perspective into this advanced technology research opportunity. In addition, EPA benefits since it is able to prepare for the future challenges it may encounter as it prepares to test the next wave of innovative vehicles.