uOttawa EcoCAR


The Faculty of Engineering, University of Ottawa has a great vision of designing and realizing a cutting-edge features and functionalitySmartware on a Demonstrator Wheel” car that meet customer expectations in performance, creature comforts, and aesthetics.

The team and collaborators are inclined to select a hybrid vehicle architecture with eyes set on advanced controls, mechatronics, and software to develop future vehicles for critical design in terms of mass, mileage, safety, and cost based on a Faculty’s previous vehicle experience.


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The experience is based on the uOttawa Supermileage team (founded in 2008) that travels every year to participate in the SAE Supermileage Competition, an international challenge where teams attempt to drive a track in a gasoline-powered race vehicle using as little fuel as possible. In 2010, the team had placed second, with an impressive fuel-efficiency rate of 1,496 miles per gallon.

uOttawa Supermileage team



uOttawa EcoCAR is a theme project with several tasks. Before proceeding into the research task, a real-time modular modeling and development simulation in Matlab/Simulink for powertrain components will be implemented in order to optimize vehicle fuel economy, performance, and emissions in both virtual and hardware-in-the-loop environments using data from real car. This will be followed by the development of a “controller-motor” optimization model based on an innovative induction machine and an optimization algorithm developed at the university.


The team will also develop a testbed for interconnected vehicles and vehicle to smart grid focused on road safety, efficiency and environment based on the Faculty’s research strength in smart sensing, wireless communications, battery charging/discharging, sustainable and renewable energy.

EcoCAR Task Structure

Topics of Innovation


A snapshot from a a previous student competition


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