EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future, is a three-year collegiate engineering competition and the only program of its kind. The EcoEagles are participating in this program. The competition's mission is a vital one: offer an unparalleled hands-on, real-world experience to educate the next generation of automotive engineers. It challenges 15 universities across North America to reduce the environmental impact of a Chevrolet Malibu without compromising performance, safety and consumer acceptability.

Our Team

The Embry-Riddle EcoEagles EcoCAR 2 team is made up of a diverse mix of ERAU students from areas of discipline ranging from engineering to business. The team is once again competing in a General Motors and Department of Energy collegiate advanced vehicle technology engineering competition.

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Our School- Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world's largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, is a nonprofit, independent institution offering more than 40 baccalaureate, master's, and Ph.D. degree programs in its colleges of Arts and Sciences, Aviation, Business, and Engineering.

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The EcoCAR II Program

"Plugging In to the Future, is a three-year collegiate engineering competition and the only program of its kind."


The US Department of Energy began EcoCAR 2 as an Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC), challenging teams to convert a regular car into a fuel efficient hybrid. Over the course of three years, teams of college students plan, design, build, and install their new systems into the existing vehicle.

Year One: Teams design an plan their vehicle.

Years Two and Three: Building, testing, and perfecting.

June 2014: The vehicles compete on a professional test track.

The winning team receives a cash prize—not to mention bragging rights—and plenty of job options for the students.

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