Though it’s been a while since the last update, I want to share some great news on the MBEAM technology and what your generous donation has accomplished. While we weren't able complete the full cross country trip, we did drive the car quite a bit!
First, we worked with 14 students over 6 quarters in completing their senior projects. These environmental and mechanical engineering students designed parts for the car, helped modify the car, ran drive loss modeling, built battery modules, did drive and dynamometer testing, and so much more. What a great hands-on learning experience for them! We also helped graduate two PhD students, Xin Zhao and Joe Jiang, whose theses incorporated MBEAM research.
Second, with the help of the UC San Diego Public Relations department, we were contacted by a Bay Area start-up (Ample Inc.) who licensed our technology. The company has raised a total of $55 million and the technology will start to be publicly used this month. And one of the PhD students, Xin Zhao, now works for Ample!
Your generous donation and all our work has paid off and will have a huge impact on the future health of the planet!
Please read these articles below to see what is going on with MBEAM and Ample:
https://www.uber.com/en-CA/newsroom/uber-green-expansion/ (see "helping drivers transition to ev's)
Thank you all!