Our Plan

West Virginia University is building a P3 (parallel, post-transmission) plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle from a stock, eight-speed, six-cylinder 2016 Chevrolet Camaro. The batteries are being donated from A123 systems along with a Rineheart Motion Systems controller that will give power to the electric motor. The electric motor is a Parker GVM210-200S.   The team will also be replacing the stock engine with a GM 2.4 liter I4 Ecotec LEA engine. The vehicle will be completely rear-wheel drive with the engine and electric motor providing power to the wheels. In addition, the WVU EcoCAR 3 team plans to use E85 fuel, which is a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline, to maximize engine performance and reduce tailpipe emissions.

Technical goals

Performance
  • Design a vehicle with a 0-60  acceleration time of 5 seconds
  Safety 
  • Maintain safety standards of the original 2016 stock model Chevrolet Camaro
  Energy Consumption
  • A vehicle with a charge depleting range of 25 miles and an overall fuel economy of 45 MPGge
  Emissions
  • A vehicle with reduced emissions when compared to the stock Camaro, with a target of fewer than 100 g/km well-to-wheel greenhouse gas emissions
  Consumer Acceptability  
  • A sleek, innovative vehicle that reminds consumers of the Chevrolet Camaro's strong legacy in the automotive industry