EcoCar team

GOALS:  Part of a three-year collegiate engineering competition, reduce the environmental impact of a Chevrolet Camaro without compromising performance, safety and consumer acceptability

KEY ELEMENTS:  Hybrid electric vehicle powertrains, physics, statics, dynamics, circuits, electronics, microcontrollers, control systems, electrochemistry, heat transfer, computer-aided analysis/design software, Matlab/Simulink/Stateflow software

RESEARCH ISSUES: Physics-based modeling and simulation-based design of hybrid electric vehicle powertrains, optimized component sizing and subsystem design based on performance versus cost tradeoffs, design methodologies to insure reliability and safety, virtual prototyping and hardware-in-the-loop testing, vehicle fabrication and road testing, development of optimal operating and charging strategies, utilization of telemetry and intelligent highway infrastructure to improve energy efficiency, development of automotive human-machine interface.

MEETING TIME: Tuesday and Thursday, 2:00-4:00 pm at the CSU Powerhouse Classroom (430 N College Ave)


PARTNERS & SPONSORS: U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors


  • ECE – Background/interest in embedded systems, parallel programming, low-power design, sensors, CPU/GPU computing.
  • CS – Background/interest in image processing, real-time object recognition, HCI/User-interface design, GPU programming .
  • ME – Background/interest in automotive electronics, control systems, driver assistance systems.
  • JTC – Background/interest in technical communication, social media, K-12 STEM education.
  • MGT/MKT – Background/interest in project management, public relations, green business, automotive marketing.