RideForward Final Design Presentations

The RideForward program has an annual project of designing and converting a conventional vehicle to electric drive, and installing a photovoltaic system (PV) that will offset the electrical requirements of the vehicle.  This year, we are converting a Ford Ranger pickup that Facilities Management was retiring (which will be returned to Facilities when it is converted), and we are putting up a 1.2 kW PV system on the roof of the bus shelter in front of the Emmet Ivy parking garage.  We have finished our designs and ordered our parts, which will be assembled during the spring semester.  We will be doing presentations of the final designs for the drive train, auxiliary systems, energy storage, the PV, and a small research project of a golf cart conversion, this Wednesday, 12/9, at 2:30 in Thornton D221.

 All are welcome.

 Jim Durand
MAE Research Associate & Adjunct

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