Automotive Students to Work With Gasoline-Electric Hybrid Vehicle

Published 04.11.2002


Some students in the automotive programs in the School of Transportation Technology at Pennsylvania College of Technology will have an opportunity to work with a state-of-the-art gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle, courtesy of an auto dealership in the Williamsport area.

Nine students in the "Vehicle Propulsion Systems: Application and Design" course at Penn College will examine the operation and construction of a Honda Civic hybrid when their class meets April 13. The Fairfield Auto Group is permitting the College's use of the Civic hybrid, the first available in Northcentral Pennsylvania, for the day.

Students in the course have been studying topics ranging from alternative-fuel vehicles to hybrid electric vehicles currently in production. The students also are exploring what the future holds for transportation.

Hybrid electric vehicles combine conventional internal-combustion engines with the battery and electric motor of an electric vehicle, resulting in greatly enhanced fuel economy. The gasoline engines of hybrids also produce fewer pollutants than conventional combustion engines.

The faculty members teaching the course are Dr. Ronald Garner, associate professor of automotive technology; and Patrick J. McCormick and Patrick S. English, instructors of automotive technology.

For more information about the automotive programs at Penn College, call (570) 327-4516 or visiton the Web.