Automobiles with electric motors powered by batteries have much lower emissions of pollutants and carbon dioxide than conventional internal combustion engines. In this presentation, I will discuss converting a 1991 Ford Escort from its original internal combustion engine to an electric motor with all of the required controlling equipment. The batteries used to power the engine can be charged up by plugging them into the electric grid, or, in the future, with a renewable energy source, such as wind power. I will also present results on using a fuel cell, run on pure hydrogen, to power a model electric car. Fuel cells are an emerging technology, which could be used to power an electric car motor, but presently they are much more expensive than batteries.
Anthony Drewitz, ’02 Minnetonka, MN
Major: Computer Science
Sponsor: Kara Beauchamp