The University of Alabama's Camaro will be a Series-Parallel Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) powered by E85 fuel and grid electricity. The UA EcoCAR 3 Team aims to maintain the performance and improve the fuel economy of the 2016 stock Camaro while reducing emissions. The team’s PHEV has a 2.4 liter four-cylinder internal combustion engine supplemented by two electric motors which allow the Camaro to function in four different powerflows: EV, series, parallel and series-parallel. The team plans to re-engineer the gasoline-powered 2016 Camaro into a blended plug-in hybrid. As a blended plug-in hybrid, the Camaro will have the ability to optimally select among the three power sources. The team's efficiency-based control strategy will run the engine and electric motors in combination to supply driver-demanded torque with minimum fuel consumption.
THE UA EcoCAR 3 TEAM GOALS:
Design and build a performance, plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle that delivers excitement to drivers with minimal environmental impact.
Maintain vehicle system safety as well as consumer acceptability in the areas of performance and fuel economy.
Implement innovation without sacrificing recreation.