What Was EcoCAR2?
EcoCAR2 was a three year competition to improve the environmental impact of a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu without sacrificing performance, consumer acceptability, or safety.  This competition was undertaken by fifteen teams from across North America.  The first year of this competition was dedicated to designing the vehicle modifications.  The second year was build year and the goal was to have a 65% complete vehicle by the year end competition.  The third and final year was optimization and the goal was to have a 99% complete vehicle virtually ready to go to market.
Cal State L.A. in EcoCAR2
The Cal State L.A. Team chose a parallel-through-the-road plug-in-hybrid-electric-vehicle as the architecture.  This means that the team used a E-85 flex-fuel engine on the front axle and an electric motor powering the rear axle.  The vehicle is also able to charge its battery pack by plugging into the power grid allowing the user to drive in electric only mode for short trips. Vehicle Architechture

Year One

  • 13th Place Overall

Year Two

  • 2nd Place Overall
  • Best Pre-Competition Safety and Technical Inspection
  • Most Improved Team

Year Three

  • 9th Place Overall
Nine Cars in One