Embry-Riddle’s ‘Green’ Engineers Advance to EcoCAR 2 Competition

erau-logoDaytona Beach, Florida - Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and General Motors (GM) to participate in the prestigious EcoCAR 2 competition.

Established by DOE and GM, EcoCAR 2 is a three-year engineering competition that challenges 16 North American universities to reduce the environmental impact of vehicles without compromising performance, safety, and consumer acceptability. The mission of EcoCAR 2, the only program of its kind, is to educate the next generation of automotive engineers through an unparalleled hands-on, real-world engineering experience.

Embry-Riddle’s selection for EcoCAR 2 follows its successful participation over the past three years in EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge, the first phase in the series. During this competition, a multi-disciplinary student team from the university’s Daytona Beach, Fla., campus won multiple awards, arranged for a winter workshop to be held at Daytona Speedway, and developed a high-tech garage for “green” vehicle development.

Making use of the latest innovations in energy storage and engine technology, the EcoCAR 2 team will explore a variety of power-train architectures and follow a real-world engineering regimen modeled after GM’s Global Vehicle Development Process. Student engineers will use a vehicle donated by General Motors as the integration platform for their advanced vehicle design.

“The EcoCAR competition series is a fantastic opportunity for our students to obtain real-world hands-on experience in the important field of green technologies for vehicles,” said Maj Mirmirani, dean of the College of Engineering at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach campus. “The lessons learned move forward into the college’s green aviation program, as well as into the workforce. We are proud of these students and the faculty who enable these programs.”

About EcoCAR 2
EcoCAR 2 is a three-year competition that builds on the 23-year history of DOE’s advanced vehicle technology competitions by giving engineering students the chance to design and build advanced vehicles that demonstrate cutting-edge automotive technologies.

General Motors provides production vehicles, vehicle components, seed money, technical mentoring, and operational support. The Department of Energy and its research and development facility, Argonne National Laboratory, provide competition management, team evaluation, and technical and logistical support.

Through this important partnership, EcoCAR 2 aims to inspire and educate the next generation of automotive engineers and accelerate the development and demonstration of technologies that are of interest to the DOE and the automotive industry.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, offers more than 30 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in its colleges of Arts and Sciences, Aviation, Business, and Engineering. Embry-Riddle educates students at residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., through the Worldwide Campus at more than 150 locations in the United States, Europe, Asia, Canada, and the Middle East, and through online learning. For more information click here.

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