The RIT Electric Vehicle Team (EVT) is a student-run organization dedicated to promoting the viability of electric vehicles through real-world demonstrations of electric drivetrains in action. The team has designed and build a fully electric superbike that is raced in events at the professional level.
The team is all inclusive and is comprised of majors including engineering, industrial design, computer science, and business, among others. Many members join the team as Freshman, working on e-bike projects and intermediary projects to assist in the development of their analysis, design, manufacturing, and testing skill sets. The next step involves contributing to projects directly related to the superbike, allowing the team to utilize the application of these refined skills. Many members quickly become team leaders and are integrated into the team's leadership program, which teaches them to work with sub-teams to integrate new designs and features while understanding management principles. Overall, we are able to utilize these leadership skills to further develop the team and provide members structured development feedback.
While the overall goal of the team involves the successful design of our superbike, we value the knowledge we are able to provide our team members. Knowledge is an invaluable tool that our team members utilize to obtain co-ops during schooling and full time jobs upon RIT graduation. We utilize extra resources to "reinvent the wheel," as it provides an unparalleled learning experience and allows us to push current technologies to the limit. The superbike project is a continuous learning experience that provides new challenges and opportunities for our members to propose new ideas that will take us into the future of electric vehicles.
The electrical team is responsible for all custom circuit design and electrical system integration for the superbike. Major projects include the design and development of the Battery Management System (BMS), Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), Low Voltage Subsystem (LVSS), and the Supercharger. Recently, the IMU, BMS, and Supercharger project teams manufactured and populated new PCBs. They are now in the testing phase before these new revisions are implemented on the superbike. For more information about the current projects, please see the Projects page.
The mechanical team is responsible for the design of various components on the motorcycle, as well as the integration of everything inside the frame. On REV1, the mechanical team used a Creaform 3D scanner to create a virtual representation of the bike that was used for the design of battery and motor mounting. The most recent project involved the design and manufacturing of new battery packs utilizing cylindrical cells. The mechanical team continuously maintains the superbike, ensuring peak competition performance.
The firmware team is a multidisciplinary design team dedicated to building the software systems required to field a competitive race vehicle. The BMS, IMU, and Supercharger all require extensive firmware development to ensure proper functionality. A subset of the firmware team is currently responsible for designing and maintaining REV1's gateway, which aggregates and records data from the CAN bus. Data collection from each device on REV1 allows the team to monitor the health of the bike and ensure proper behavior.
The newest subgroup consists of a small group of industrial design students that are responsible for the REV 1's paint design and decal work, team and sponsor banners, and most outward facing public documents. The most recent accomplishment of the design team is demonstrated in REV 1's paint job, including the new company decal scheme. Additionally, the Design Team provides input during various design reviews, offering a fresh perspective that allows our engineers to approach problems from different perspectives. Overall, the Design Team has proven to be an invaluable asset to EVT and will continue to grow with the team.