With one year left to go in the four-year EcoCAR 3 competition, the team from West Virginia University finds itself in some pretty good company. After a two-week stint that featured stops in Michigan and Washington, D.C., the team from WVU placed fourth overall, joining Ohio State University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Georgia Tech at the top.
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors, EcoCAR 3 is an advanced vehicle technology competition that gives teams from 16 universities across the nation four years to redesign a Chevrolet Camaro to reduce its environmental impact, while maintaining the muscle and performance expected from this iconic American car.
“One of the great things about the EcoCAR competition is that the student team members are faced with real-world situations and problems,” said four-time WVU graduate Bill Cawthorne, senior manager for advanced engineering in global transmission and electrification at General Motors and WVU EcoCAR team mentor. “They follow a vehicle development process similar to what is used in industry and use many of the same software design tools as industry professionals. They have to learn how to become leaders, to delegate, and to work as a team.”