PEGGIE wins the Technical Innovation Award

Congratulations to the Department's researchers in the Energy and Power Group and their partners at the Oxford Martin School who have won the Technical Innovation Award ahead of nearly 200 other teams for developing an Android app. This app maps the efficiency of the motor in real time for the driver, a reconfigurable photovoltaic array that allows optimisation of the solar energy use, and a clutch mechanism that allows regeneration braking while free-wheeling.

With batteries still struggling to pack the same power as petrol one of the great challenges for electric vehicles is extending their range. The researchers have been pushing the boundaries of what such machines can do with their prototype electric vehicle PEGGIE.

The PEGGIE crew had a successful debut at last year's Shell Eco-marathon Europe competition, a showcase for ultra energy-efficient vehicles built by student teams, and entered this year's event in Rotterdam on 19 May.

Peggie & driver
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The Oxford team were in the top ten of the main prototype electric vehicle endurance race, delivering a performance of 564 km/kWh, a 50% improvement on last year.

"The Shell Eco-Marathon was a fantastic, if at times traumatic, experience," said Pete Armstrong, Team Technical Manager. "It was an honour to be awarded the technical innovation prize, we were very impressed by other vehicles who had developed a range of exciting ideas and techniques in areas such as real-time throttle control and 3D printed components that could be swapped out quickly".

Pete Armstrong added: "We owe our result this year to the inspiration drawn from other teams when we debuted last year. Although there is a very competitive atmosphere, the overriding experience is one where hundreds of teams help each other out in the face of all the inevitable challenges that arise, exchange ideas and try to have fun in the process".

More about the PEGGIE team's adventures in Rotterdam here.

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