Embry-Riddle EcoEagles - EcoCAR Mobility Challenge

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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's EcoEagles are participating in the EcoCAR Mobility Challenge competition. The EcoCAR Mobility Challenge (EcoCAR) is the latest U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC) series. The four-year competition will challenge 12 university teams to apply advanced propulsion systems, as well as connected and automated vehicle technology to improve the energy efficiency, safety and consumer appeal of the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer – Specifically for the carsharing market. Headline sponsored by DOE, General Motors (GM) and MathWorks, and managed by Argonne National Laboratory, EcoCAR is the heart of automotive ingenuity working towards future mobility solutions.

The future of mobility is rapidly changing as customers look for options to meet their transportation needs to get from point A to point B – safely, conveniently and cost-effectively. The traditional model of the personally owned vehicles has expanded in recent years to included shared mobility solutions that are consumed as a service – also known as Mobility as a Services (MaaS). Carsharing, one of the emerging MaaS applications, enables consumers to access a spectrum of innovative mobility solutions featuring new connected and automated vehicle technologies that hold the promise of transforming mobility.

EcoCAR puts the students in the driver’s seat, providing a real-world training ground for students to gain hands-on experience following a multi-year vehicle development process to design, integrate and refine efficient mobility solutions.

EcoCAR is aimed at developing a highly skilled, domestic workforce by providing hands-on experience designing and building next-generation mobility solutions to meet our nation’s future energy and mobility challenges. Participating teams will apply advanced propulsion systems, electrification, SAE Level 2 automation, and vehicle connectivity to improve the energy efficiency of a 2019 Chevrolet Blazer – all while balancing factors such as emissions, safety, utility, and consumer acceptability. SAE Level 2 automation refers to a vehicle has combined automated functions, like acceleration and steering, but the driver must remain engaged with the driving task and monitor the environment at all times.

General Motors will provide each team with a 2019 Chevrolet Blazer, which they have four years to design, integrate and refine into a new, advanced technology, energy-efficient mobility solution for the carsharing market. Teams will follow a real-world vehicle development process to meet rigorous technical constraints throughout the four-year competition, which will conclude in the summer of 2022

The Embry-Riddle EcoEagles sub-teams to work on the Blazer are: Propulsion System Integration, Electrical, Propulsion Controls & Modeling, Connected Automated Vehicle Systems, Target Market/Market Evaluation, and Communications/Public Relations.










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Why Students Should Join EcoCAR


Members Benefits

Students have the opportunity to be exposed real-world engineering practices in a complex project requiring experience from all disciplines. From the physical building and integration of propulsion components to the wiring of both low and high voltage electrical systems, students gain experience that is not provided in the classroom and can only be learned by the application of skill.

Events & Activities

With two workshops and an end-of-year competition every year, students have multiple opportunities through EcoCAR to enhance their technical knowledge as well as their leadership throughout each year/

Facilities & Resources

The Embry-Riddle EcoEagles utilize state of the art facilities that includes the same equipment used in the industry today. We have a dedicated lab space that provides the software necessary to plan out, model, and simulate our vehicle. Heading over to our dedicated garage complete with vehicle lift and tools that allows for the team the execute on our build plan


Students on our team are given multiple opportunities to interface with the over 20 sponsor companies spanning across multiple disciplines all looking to hire our students upon their graduation

Our Team

Gianna Distefano
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Manager
Kevin Boyle
Connected and Automated Vehicles Lead
Skye Myers
Communications Manager
Douglas Turner
Project Manager
Rachel Abbott
Propulsion Controls & Modeling Lead
Devon Vail
Technical Specialist
Patrick Currier
Faculty Advisor
Charles Reinholtz

E: embryriddleecocar@gmail.com

Embry-Riddle EcoEagles - EcoCAR EV Challenge

600 S Clyde Morris Blvd
Daytona Beach FL EcoCAR - Mechanical Engineering Department