ConocoPhillips Donates Hybrid Electric Vehicle to TU

Thursday, December 18, 2003

ConocoPhillips has donated a Honda Insight gasoline-electric hybrid automobile to The University of Tulsa for use in engineering courses and research projects.
Representatives of the energy company delivered the car to TU officials Tuesday, Dec. 16, in front of Keplinger Hall, which houses TU’s College of Engineering and Natural Sciences.
The two-passenger hatchback coupe is powered by a three-cylinder, 1-liter, 67-horsepower gasoline engine assisted by a 10-kilowatt electric motor-generator.
ConocoPhillips used the Insight to gauge consumer reaction to hybrid vehicle technology and promote the company’s advanced fuels technologies. The Insight has the highest fuel economy rating of all cars: 60 miles per gallon for city driving, and 70 miles per gallon on the highway.
The 2000 Insight is one of the first examples of a commercially available passenger automobile using the new hybrid technology of combining an electric motor with a gasoline engine to improve fuel efficiency.
The Insight will be used at TU for hands-on teaching and experimental studies of advanced fuel and engine technology.
TU students have designed and built three hybrid electric cars in the past decade and have participated in nine national competitions, winning the Tour de Sol contest twice.
The donation came about as a result of ConocoPhillips’s involvement in TU’s mechanical engineering department’s advisory board.