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CoE Students Compete in Chevrolet Hybrid Competition

Aug 7, 2014

A team of 35 Georgia Tech engineering students will compete against teams from 15 other universities to redesign the Chevrolet Camaro into a hybrid-electric car.

The four-year Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition — or EcoCAR 3 — will begin in the fall semester, when the students will begin developing their design concept to convert the Camaro’s powertrain to incorporate alternative fuels. In fall 2015, they will receive a new Camaro, and they’ll work on the conversion through 2018.

The team's three advisors are Professor Tom Fuller of ChBE, Associate Professor Michael Leamy of ME, and Professor David Taylor of ECE. The competition is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors Co. A story about the competition was published by AZoCleantech.com.

“It is a great opportunity to develop our own vehicle based on our own innovation,” said Justin Wilbanks, a graduate research assistant in ME.