Today’s Tools for Tomorrow’s Engineers


The MSU EcoCAR team highly values all of the EcoCAR 2 sponsors. One of these sponsors, Snap-On, has worked closely with our team over the past year to help provide a safe environment to work in and around.

MSU has competed in the Department of Energy’s AVTCs for 8 years, participating in both Challenge X and EcoCAR before starting EcoCAR 2. In each competition, our team has learned a great deal and began building relationships with sponsors such as Snap-On. In the previous EcoCAR competition, MSU students responded to a request by Snap-On to identify specialized tools we would need for the next competition. That says a lot about Snap-On’s desire to support the teams’ needs.. Clearly, they want to help the students as they build their vehicles efficiently while at the same time providing maximum safety for the individual students.

Bennett Brenton, Chief Innovation Officer with Snap-On, said, “We want to make sure that as we invest in EcoCAR 2, we are providing the right products. We also want to make sure that the teams are able to work on the vehicle safely and accomplish the tasks that they want.”

As we fast-forward to the EcoCAR 2 competition,  Snap-On has followed through on their collaborative efforts they began in the previous year. Our tool boxes are now filled with tools that are not only extremely helpful in the implementation of our design but are also necessary for shop safety. Of particular help are the composite, high-voltage rated tools designed for service and maintenance of hybrid vehicles. “At times, it seems like every day is Christmas at  CAVS which is our university automotive  research center,” said Matt Doude the Team Lead, responding to the numerous packages that arrive on almost a daily basis   “We have a professional-grade tool for every job we encounter,” said Jon Moore, Electrical Group Lead.

“Snap-On has certainly shown their commitment for ensuring the students’ safety and success in the competition by providing all of the teams with the right tool for the job,” said Kimberly Torries, Outreach Coordinator. Snap-On, along with other competition sponsors, is helping to make winners of our students!


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