DOE, GM Team Up For EcoCAR3 To Turn Camaros Into Hybrids

The EcoCAR competition is starting its third iteration later this year, and will challenge 16 North American universities to showcase their vision of the future of transportation.

The event, the latest in the US Department of Energy Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition series, is once again partnering with General Motors to supply the vehicles and other logistical support. But, unlike previous attempts, which used pedestrian sedans and small SUVs, the teams will each be given a Chevrolet Camaro. Teams will work to develop a hybrid-electric system that “will reduce environmental impact, while maintaining the muscle and performance expected from this iconic American car.”

Teams will have four years to “incorporate innovative ideas, solve complex engineering challenges and apply the latest cutting-edge technologies.” More challenging? “The Camaro will keep its iconic body design, while student teams develop and implement eco-power and performance under the hood, retain safety and meet high consumer standards. The teams also will focus on developing technology that will lower emissions by incorporating alternative fuels.”

The EcoCAR3 kickoff will happen during the Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo in Novi, Mich. from Sept. 16-18, and will wrap up in 2018.

More information about the current program, teams involved and how the competition works can be found on the EcoCAR3 site.