Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Our Plan

The Embry-Riddle EcoCAR 3 team, the EcoEagles, have built a series-parallel plug-in hybrid electric vehicle powered by an E85 fuel. This year, the EcoEagles plan to test all major powertrain components into their 2016 Chevrolet Camaro ESS (Eco Super Sport). This powertrain is composed of a 2.4 liter EcoTEC LEA engine, eight-speed 8L90 automatic transmission, two Bosch IMG motors, and an 18.9 kWh energy storage system compiled of A123 batteries. The vehicle was received in late December with construction beginning early February, with a vehicle completed by mid-March.

The EcoEagles recently tested their Eco Super Sport at the Transportation Research Center and successfully ran all events for the EcoCAR 3 Year Three competition with no major or minor mechanical failures.


Technical goals

  1. Deliver on the brand promise that the Eco Super Sport Camaro is faster than stock, while improving the overall energy efficiency and reducing criteria emissions.
  2. Minimizing risk by using proven powertrain components to obtain VTS (Vehicle Technical Specification) targets, with aerospace build quality.
  3. Maintaining the classic Camaro drive quality of a rear-wheel drive high performance vehicle, with a low center of gravity, lightweight body, and sport performance suspension for handling purposes.
  4. Develop innovative aerodynamic components for the purpose of both efficiency and vehicle performance.
  5. Enhance styling and technology for consumer appeal, to give the consumer a sense of social currency.