UT EcoCAR 3 Communications Manager Emily King (a second year communication and information master’s student focused on public relations) and her EcoCAR 3 team won second place for “Best Collaboration with a Clean Cities Coalition” at the EcoCAR 3 Year Two Final Competition in May 2016.
Team Tennessee competed with other EcoCAR 3 teams collaborating with their local Clean Cities Coalitions to build awareness about the advantages of alternative fuel and of driving energy efficient vehicles. Team Tennessee received the second place award because of its sustained relationship with the Knoxville Clean Cities Coalition/East Tennessee Clean Fuels, and because of the wide range of audiences the two groups have reached together.
UT’s advanced vehicle technology competition (AVTC) teams have been working with East Tennessee Clean Fuels since the early 2000s to engage the Knoxville community around vehicle efficiency efforts. The EcoCAR 3 team and East Tennessee Clean Fuels have organized events throughout the school year to engage youth audiences, UT students, and automobile drivers in East Tennessee. Visit the UT EcoCAR 3 team’s website to watch the video: http://ecocar3.org/tennessee/team-media-center/.
EcoCAR 3 is the latest advanced vehicle technology competition (AVTC) sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors. EcoCAR 3 challenges 16 university teams across North America to redesign and rebuild a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro to have less of an environmental impact while maintaining its iconic performance characteristics. UT’s participation in EcoCAR 3 continues a long tradition of involvement in more than 25 years of AVTCs, and of graduating more than 700 students who have participated in AVTCs from UT alone. The program gives engineering students the chance to design and build advanced vehicles that demonstrate leading-edge eco-friendly automotive technologies, while business and communication students develop marketing and public relations strategies.