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Christopher OberleFollow

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Authors' Class Standing

Chris Oberle, Senior

Lead Presenter's Name

Chris Oberle

Faculty Mentor Name

Patrick Currier

Abstract

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is one of 16 colleges in the United States and Canada to be selected to participate in the EcoCAR 3 advanced automotive competition sponsored by General Motors and the Department of Energy. The competition is a multi-year project that has schools take a stock, 2016 Camaro and develop it into a hybrid performance vehicle to reduce emissions and increase energy efficiency. Each team must design and build a unique architecture combining traditional combustion engines and drive line components with electric motors and batteries. The team’s architecture consists of a gasoline engine and two electric motors with clutches between them allowing for a variety of running modes to be selected, including a charge sustaining mode, a charge depleting mode, and a sports mode. Each mode utilizes the motors and engine in different ways to have the vehicle be purely electric, maintain its battery, or put maximum power to the wheels. This presentation discusses the development of the car and refinements being executed by the ERAU team.

Did this research project receive funding support (Spark or Ignite Grants) from the Office of Undergraduate Research?

Yes, Ignite Grant

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Development of ERAU EcoCAR 3 Camaro

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is one of 16 colleges in the United States and Canada to be selected to participate in the EcoCAR 3 advanced automotive competition sponsored by General Motors and the Department of Energy. The competition is a multi-year project that has schools take a stock, 2016 Camaro and develop it into a hybrid performance vehicle to reduce emissions and increase energy efficiency. Each team must design and build a unique architecture combining traditional combustion engines and drive line components with electric motors and batteries. The team’s architecture consists of a gasoline engine and two electric motors with clutches between them allowing for a variety of running modes to be selected, including a charge sustaining mode, a charge depleting mode, and a sports mode. Each mode utilizes the motors and engine in different ways to have the vehicle be purely electric, maintain its battery, or put maximum power to the wheels. This presentation discusses the development of the car and refinements being executed by the ERAU team.

 

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