Arizona State University's Formula Electric Team, a group of automotive engineering students who design EVs, received a generous gift from the Drive for Innovation Program: a Chevy Volt. Only one catch - it didn’t come in a brand-new box with a foam insert, like an iPhone. It came in a whole lot of boxes.
Drive for Innovation, which is sponsored by two giant electronics suppliers, Avnet Express and UBM Electronics, chronicles the adventures of Mr Brian Fuller as he drives a Volt across the country, interviewing engineers, entrepreneurs and students along the way. The Drive for Innovation team tore down the car to highlight the technology used inside the Volt.
Wade Gyllenhaal, Formula Electric Team captain, said, "We are incredibly excited to be the recipients of the torn-down Chevrolet Volt. We're looking forward to studying the 'guts' of the car and learning what's really under the hood. We couldn't be more grateful to Avnet Express for the opportunity to study the inner workings of the car."
Fuller said, "The electric vehicle is chock-full of technology and will give the Arizona State University students a hands-on experience outside of the classroom. As these students continue to build new electric cars and compete, this technology will foster exciting new developments in the students' understanding of the intricate components and systems and their application of this knowledge to the vehicles they design. This kind of intellectual challenge is what will keep our universities graduating engineers with the knowledge to create innovative technologies and remain competitive in the worldwide marketplace."