ITU Electric Vehicle Team (ITUEV)

ITUEV was first established on 2014 by Mechanical Engineering Dep. students and then was transferred to Electrical Engineering Dep. at December 2016. The academic advisor of the team is Assoc. Prof. Dr.  Derya Ahmet KOCABAŞ since December 2016 and team studies are carried out in the Electrical Machinery Laboratory which is the biggest university lab of its kind in Turkey. There are more than 30 students from more than 10 faculties and departments.

The team’s vision is to design environmentally friendly, energy efficient battery powered electric vehicles keeping up with the world standards and to contribute to sustainability and productivity. The team’s mission is to represent ITU in both domestic and international energy efficient electric car competitions and to win championships and prizes. Close future goal of the team is to build hydrogen fuel-cell powered electric cars and autonomous vehicles.

The actual targeted competitions are Shell Eco-Marathon and TÜBITAK Efficiency Challenge. Last appearances of the team were Shell Eco-Marathon Assen-Groningen, Netherlands (June 2022) and TÜBİTAK Efficiency Challenge, Körfez-Kocaeli, (July 2022).

ITUEV mainly designs high power density batteries, battery management systems, motor driver circuits, motor control software, both traditional and new generation electric motors, all wiring, mechanical parts of the car including drive-wheel, chassis, shell, roll-cage and roll-bar, several 3D printed parts including door-locks. Self-design and/or self-production ratio of the team is approximately 95%.