Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and General Motors, EcoCAR 3 was launched in 2014 as one of the DOE’s educational competitions (Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions) in which students are challenged to re-engineer the iconic 2016 Chevrolet Camaro to further reduce environmental impact while maintaining the performance level of the vehicle. The program management group – Argonne National Laboratory – selected engineering-focused teams from 16 North American universities to participate in the four- year long program. During the timeframe, students are charged with designing the ultimate energy-efficient, high-performance vehicle possible, while still maintaining the Camaro body design and safety features.
As part of the company’s commitment to supporting both educational and social responsibility initiatives, managers within the tesa Automotive business division have committed to supporting the EcoCAR 3 program both financially and with automotive-related products. Mr. Paul Sullivan, tesa’s Vice President & Global Value Chain Manager–Automotive, elaborated on the company’s decision to support the program: “We at tesa tape have been a partner to the automotive industry for more than half a century. It is both our passion and our mission to contribute to the latest automotive technologies by providing cutting-edge adhesive tape solutions that make today’s and tomorrow’s vehicles stronger, faster, and lighter. We are pleased to support the EcoCAR 3 program which creates a perfect fusion between creating educational opportunities for tomorrow’s automotive designers and engineers and exposing them to the power of adhesive tape technology for this dynamic industry.”
The EcoCAR 3 program is now in its third competition, with the next AVTC expected to launch in 2018. For complete program information, visit: www.ecocar3.org