December 9, 2023

By Ahmet Abdulaziz ….

The Electric Vehicle Development Center (EVDC) of Eastern Mediterranean University, recently participated in the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBİTAK) Efficiency Challenge competition, which took place within the scope of TEKNOFEST.

This year’s competition took place at İstanbul Atatürk Airport between the 16th and 22nd of September 2019.

According to the press information released by the EMU, the vehicle “Mediterranean Storm” designed and produced by the Electric Vehicle Development Center, represented EMU and TRNC in the competition. The “Mediterranean Storm” finished 5th in the competition.

Team ADA represented EMU for the third time in the 15th Annual Efficiency Challenge Competition.

In 2017, the Z-ZERO electric vehicle developed by the Faculty of Engineering, Department of Engineering attended the competition finishing in 20th place out of 74 teams. This project was also seen fit to receive the Mechatronic Design Award as a result of its superiority in mechanical and electronic design, engineering work and locality. Meanwhile the vehicle “Mediterranean Shark” finished in ninth place at the Electromobile 2018 Competition organized by TÜBİTAK.

As the only participating institution from the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) this year EMU took part in the electro mobile category of the said competition with the “Storm” vehicle of team “ADA”. Team ADA’s project “Storm” was led by EVDC President Asst. Prof. Dr. Davut Solyalı. The team comprised of local and international undergraduate and postgraduate students. The design, development and production of project “Storm” took place fully under the scope of EMU with students using the university’s facilities and laboratories.

The Efficiency Challenge is an annual competition for university students which has been organized by TÜBİTAK since 2005. The Challenge aims to lead to the research of alternative and clean energy sources, to increase their use in the automotive sector and to raise awareness. The vehicles designed according to the city concept are examined in terms of high energy efficiency.  Since 2018 the organization, that greatly values local production, requires 4 parts of the vehicle to be produced domestically.

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