The current state of battery electric vehicles – BEVs – technology leads to several problems. For example, range anxiety: Having to plan routes ahead of time to make sure a charging station is always in proximity leads to a constant anxiety for BEV owners which makes customers apprehensive about the idea of switching to BEVs. Furthermore, most BEVs having a lower range than current gas vehicles, also limits their adoption rate. Finally, BEVs are prone to what is known as parasitic current drain: batteries are constantly drained even while the vehicle is turned off due to electrical components still being active. This problem leads to a dramatically lower electric range and can lead to permanent damage to the vehicle’s batteries. CapSolar and the SAE Car Revival project aims to fix these problems by adding an additional source of energy, solar energy, in case of an emergency, boosting Concordia SAE’s electric vehicle’s range and offsetting its parasitic current drain, as long as a source of light is present.
In 2018-19 the main goal for SAE was to build first 100% all electric formula one style vehicle at Concordia University while promoting sustainable engineering. This project is part of the international collegiate design series called SAE where the goal is to build a vehicle around a business logic case where you would market the car as a track day vehicle. Another point to make is that although there is a formula combustion team for Concordia SAE the plan is to eventually dissolve the combustion team and solely have an all electric team. For that to happen though we have to build a vehicle that can be a solid competitor at a competition. We need to show that we are competitive in our design presentations, static events, and dynamic events.
As this project goes into its third year as a branch of Concordia SAE they are continuing to make impressive strides with this project. In the next month SAE Concordia is expected to finally drive the car making it the official functional electric car at Concordia University. The project really exemplifies the intelligence, drive, and teamwork that the students at Concordia University have. As this project continues to grow it only emphasizes these values that our students have.
The goal of this project as it continues to expand, is to build an all-electric formula one style vehicle for the SAE International Collegiate Design Series with a focus on promoting sustainability. The purpose of the competition as a whole is to have teams design and manufacture a 100% electric vehicle that can outperform a formula one combustion vehicle by using an intricate electrical system that can replace the fuel-powered one. During the competition, the team will be judged by the design choices it has made in building the vehicle, the marketing possibilities stemming from it and the car’s performance in a series of dynamic events.
The purpose of the project is to build an Electrical Formula vehicle for the SAE International Collegiate Design Series while promoting sustainability. The competition invites students to design and manufacture a single-seat race car, that is put through its paces in a similar way to the Combustion Formula, with the additional challenge building a complex electrical system. The team will be judged on design and marketability as well as dynamic events. The team is a new branch of Concordia SAE consisting of ambitious undergraduate students. We are looking to take on the challenge of creating and racing fully electric vehicles, a first in the history of Concordia University.
The Concordia SAE Supermileage Racing team is a student-run organization with the goal of building a fuel-efficient vehicle to participate in the annual International SAE Supermileage competition. The students involved work extensively throughout the year to develop innovative designs that will maximize the fuel economy of the vehicle.
The Supermileage is a single-person vehicle propelled by a small, one cylinder, four-stroke engine provided by Briggs & Stratton. Its body is composed of lightweight materials, aerodynamically shaped to reduce any thrust or forces that oppose the movement of the vehicle. The objective of the competition is to obtain the highest combined miles per gallon ratio possible set out on a specific race track. The teams participating will have the opportunity to show their ingenuity and demonstrate the current and future generations that there is an unlimited field of green engineering technology.
The main goal of this competition is to create awareness, within universities, about fuel consumption and promote the reduction of toxic gas emissions by vehicles. The Concordia SAE Supermileage team challenges its members with the intention of breeding environmental alertness within students. This is important because these young men and women are the future engineers and scientists who will research and develop technology that will positively impact the environment.
The SAF-SAE GEM Electric Car Repair contract was undertaken in order to repair and purchase new electric batteries for the SAE GEM electric vehicle in an effort to promote sustainability. The electric car has a pretty good range; it is able to reach Loyola campus and back, and is therefore very useful to run errands that would normally total to a substantial amount in gas.
Everywhere it is driven, people are curious about the electric car and ask questions, at which point the member driving or the passenger has explained that it is an electric vehicle and the only licensed one to run on the road in Montreal, along with general information about its design and construction. It sparks a lot of interest and has raised awareness about sustainable vehicles.