After a year of design, planning and anticipation, the last several hours of waiting for the car to arrive on Wednesday seemed to stretch out for an eternity. Team members constantly filed into, and out of, the EcoEagles Green Garage between classes, hoping to catch the arrival ceremony. Unfortunately, we discovered that the hauler was in Macon, GA at about noon. We could either receive the car at 6 p.m. or 8 a.m. Thursday. After the false start, the team gathered in the morning with the Dean of the College of Engineering, VP of Research and Institutional Effectiveness, and other school officials for a continental breakfast. Countless hours of work have gone into this project and the sense of relief was palpable when the car was finally driven into the lab. Finally, the project that we’ve all been working on in the abstract for so long has been made tangible. Amid all the excitement we realized: we are the Embry-Riddle EcoEagles, and this is our car.
Just for fun, here’s a video the team did as the new Saturn VUE rolled into its new home. Enjoy!