Design and Construction of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville FutureTruck 2000/2001 Parallel Hybrid Vehicle 2002-01-1213
FutureTruck 2001 is a collegiate design competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors aimed at challenging engineering students from fifteen universities across the country to convert a stock, gasoline-powered Chevrolet Suburban to a hybrid vehicle. The goals of this competition are to dramatically increase fuel economy while maintaining stock performance, safety, and consumer acceptability. The modified vehicles will be judged in several different categories including greenhouse gas emissions, acceleration, trailer towing, and cost to manufacture. The competition site is at the GM Proving Ground in Milford, Michigan.
The University of Tennessee decided to utilize a parallel electric-assist hybrid for the Suburban's drivetrain configuration. This configuration was chosen for its simplicity and reliability. The stock 5.3L Vortec spark ignition engine was replaced by a 2.4L diesel provided by Alfa Romeo. Visual Computing Systems in partnership with Delco-Remy provided a prototype SEMA (segmented electric magnetic array) electric motor for engine assist. The stock drivetrain was retained from the transmission to the drive wheels.
Citation: Adcock, J., Allen, B., Cleary, R., Dobbins, C. et al., "Design and Construction of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville FutureTruck 2000/2001 Parallel Hybrid Vehicle," SAE Technical Paper 2002-01-1213, 2002, https://doi.org/10.4271/2002-01-1213. Download Citation
James Adcock, Brandon Allen, Ryan Cleary, Chris Dobbins, Les Grooms, Greg Hayzen, Sam Hutcheson, Mathew Johnson, Bill Johnston, Ben Jordan, Chad Kukla, Ahren Lehner, Chad Lela, Bryan McConkey, Patrick Perry, Brant Quinton, Robert Reece, Stephen Sheriff, Tony Spezia, James Thompson, Shannon Tibbals, Josh Welsh, Jeffrey Freeman, William Hamel, Jeffrey Hodgson
University of Tennessee Future Truck 2001 Team, University of Tennessee Faculty Advisors
SAE 2002 World Congress & Exhibition
FutureTruck 2001-SP-1701, Electric and Hybrid-Electric Vehicles-PT-85