University Of Alabama Student Team Revved Up For Finals Of National Vehicle Program

| March 13, 2018 @ 5:00 am

By Adam JonesUniversity of Alabama

A team of University of Alabama students is preparing to present a Chevrolet Camaro they transformed into an electric hybrid vehicle, which will be the culmination of a grueling four-year program.

The UA team in the EcoCAR 3 program, a competition among North American universities to design and construct an advanced, energy-efficient vehicle, showed off the redesigned Camaro to the media in March. They will fine tune the car before heading to the program’s finale in June.

“I think we’re in a really good place as we move toward competition,” said Haley Loftis, project manager of UA’s team and a STEM MBA student from Kansas City. “I would say we have met the objectives as a proof of concept for a more green sports car.“We still have a lot of work to do in terms of benchmarking our car’s performance, but it operates as a functional plug-in hybrid electrical vehicle and cuts emissions from those of a regular engine-powered vehicle,” she said.

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