Electric Avenue

Solar Car Chassis Design


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Membership level
2014-2015 Team
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Team Name
Electric Avenue
Project Title
Solar Car Chassis Design
Design Challenge
Our team seeks to design and build a lighter, more efficient, and safer body and chassis for the Rice Solar Car Team. Our product will compete in the 2015 Shell Eco Marathon.
Design Summary
Transportation is a critical use of energy that drives our economies and daily lives. To ensure future sustainability, the next generation of electric vehicles must be ultra-efficient. One aspect of car design that is critical to performance is the chassis, which bears the primary load of the vehicle and adds significantly to the weight of the car.

The team has finished the design and fabrication of the main chassis structure. We have successfully worked with the solar car team to interface vehicle systems such as the suspension, steering, power train, and electronics.

On April 9-12, Electric Avenue and the Rice Solar Car Team competed in the 2015 Shell Eco Marathon Americas. Over the course of four days, the team tirelessly tested, fixed, and improved the various subsystems. With a lightweight and rigid chassis developed by Electric Avenue, the Solar Car Team was able to achieve 900 MPGe, the best in the Urban Concept Battery-Electric category.

Last Updated: May 3rd, 2015
Date Updated
Sunday, May 03, 2015
Shell, Solidworks, Maxon Motors
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  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Advisor 1 - Name
Andrew Dick
Faculty Advisor 1 - Department
  • MECH
Faculty Advisor 2 - Name
Leroy Chiao
Faculty Advisor 2 - Department
  • MECH

Team Members

Award(s) and Recognition
Engineering Design Showcase Award: Best Environment and Sustainability Engineering Design
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Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen
Rice University

6100 Main Street MS 390 | Houston, Texas | 77005

Phone: 713.348.OEDK

Email: oedk@rice.edu

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