Colorado State engineering students are in the driver's seat of an exciting project to create the ultimate energy-efficient, high performance vehicle. A partnership between the ECE department and mechanical engineering, the team is competing in EcoCAR3, a multi-year engineering competition that challenges participants across the country to reduce the environmental impact of transportation.
With more than 300 applicants for EcoCAR3, Colorado State was one of 16 universities selected for the national competition, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors. The CSU team will work to convert a Chevrolet Camaro into a hybrid electric car that gets better gas mileage and emits fewer greenhouse gases but still maintains the performance and safety of the iconic American muscle car.
ECE Associate Professor Sudeep Pasricha is advising undergraduate and graduate students on the controller design and the advanced driver assistance system of the car, supporting features like pedestrian tracking, lane tracking, and automatic parking.
"Electrical and computer engineering touches nearly every facet of modern life, and this project is a great example of the important role our discipline plays in the future of the automotive industry," said ECE Professor Sudeep Pasricha. "Electronics and embedded systems are becoming one of the biggest innovations in emerging automotive products. It is pretty exciting for our students to play a role in advancing the technologies."
Over the next three and a half years, Pasricha and his students will work closely with their partners in mechanical engineering, led by Professor Thomas Bradley, to develop and incorporate their innovative ideas. Following the EcoCAR Vehicle Development Process, they will establish a plan for research and development, analysis, and validation of the vehicle design.
Launched in September 2014 and concluding in 2018, EcoCAR3 succeeds EcoCAR2: Plugging In to the Future, and features more than a dozen government and industry sponsors.