Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
600 S. Clyde Morris
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Faculty Advisor: Patrick Currier (Lead), David Spitzer, Ilteris Demirkiran, Joanne Detore, John Longshore, Sandra Boetcher, Jianhua Liu, Shafagh Jafer
Team Leader: Chester Rowe II (Team Lead), Chris Rowe, Derek Bonderczuk, Domenic Barsotti, Jeanette Benjamin, Yuchi Meng
Communications Manager: Calvin Baker
Business Manager: Fritzgerald Boezem Jr.
Known as the EcoEagles, this diverse team hails from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in sunny Daytona Beach, FL. Embry-Riddle, recognized as the “Harvard of the Skies” in the aviation world, brings a whole new perspective to the EcoCAR 2 competition. The EcoEagles team consists of a plethora of graduate and undergraduate students focusing on a myriad of subjects. The subjects studied by team members include, but are not limited to, engineering, communications, business, and aviation maintenance. The engineering team alone consists of computer, electrical, mechanical, software, and aerospace engineering majors. The business team consists of a mix of MBA and undergraduate business and engineering students. The communications team, not wanting to be outdone, includes communications, mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, aviation maintenance science, and commercial space operations majors. This is an enormous amount of talent to be working towards one goal. Their future looks so bright, they’ll have to wear shades.
The EcoEagles chose to implement a Series Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) architecture on their 2013 Chevrolet Malibu for the EcoCAR 2 competition. The electrical half of the vehicle uses a lithium-ion battery pack from A123 and an AM-Racing, Remy Electric Motor to propel the EcoEagles vehicle for 35-42 miles per charge. Whereas the mechanical half of the vehicle consists of an efficient General Motors 1.7 L diesel engine that utilizes a 5-gallon reservoir of B20 biodiesel (20% processed vegetable oil, 80% diesel) to maintain the charge on the battery pack. By using the electric motor and diesel engine in the PHEV format, the EcoEagles’ vehicle gets an estimated 105 MPGe. This has been achieved by creating a more eco-friendly, fuel-efficient vehicle while maintaining consumer acceptability.