[Photo by Kathryn LoConte Lapierre]
During the week of April 29th-May 2nd, UVM's Alternative Energy Racing Organization, entered two vehicles in the Formula Hybrid International Competition. The race was held at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, NH. Team AERO won 3rd in overall points (both hybrid and electric division), with Yale and Dartmouth receiving 1st and 2nd place overall.
"The Formula Hybrid International Competition challenges college and university students to design, build, and compete high-performance hybrid and electric vehicles. Building on the Formula SAE program, Formula Hybrid adds an extra level of complexity: fuel efficiency. The Formula Hybrid International Competition was founded by Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth in 2006. Thayer School runs the event each year, and the competition carries the endorsement of the Society of Automotive Engineers, Inc. (SAE) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE)."
UVM's AERO team is the only school to have two race cars entered in the competition both in the hybrid and the electric vehicle competition. Their CleanSpeed vehicle awarded funding and sponsored by the Clean Energy Fund in 2012.