EcoCAR Projects

Students are given the task of reducing environmental impact while maintaining performance, safety, and consumer acceptability of a vehicle. Each year, students build upon and improve the previous year’s model to compete in a competition every three years. The competition’s mission is a vital one: offer an unparalleled hands-on, real-world experience to educate the next generation of automotive engineers. EcoCAR projects are executed by ME seniors in the Senior Design Program.

EcoCAR 2
Shaped by the greatest design changes in the history of the automotive industry, EcoCAR 2 requires the CSU team to explore a variety of powertrain architectures focusing on electric drive vehicle technology. The CSU team will utilize a Chevrolet Malibu, donated by General Motors as the integration platform for their advanced vehicle design.

EcoCAR 3
Between 100 and 125 students will have had the opportunity to work on the vehicle over the course of the four-year competition. This year, the group is broken down into about four graduate students and 25 undergraduate students. Graduate student involvement is imperative as they provide guidance and stability when considering the high turnover rate of undergraduate students.