Plug-In Hybrid Chevrolet Camaro
Could a plug-in hybrid Chevy Camaro be the future of performance cars? Students at Ohio State University think so!
Engineering students at Ohio State University recently took home first place at EcoCAR 3. EcoCAR 3 is an Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition that is sponsored by GM and the U.S. Department of Energy.
This competition lets engineering students design vehicles that help reduce the environmental impact personal transportation has caused our planet. The goal of this competition is for students to create vehicles that do not contribute to greenhouse gasses while still performing like a powerful and modern vehicle.
Above all odds, the students at Ohio State University did just that. They transformed a Camaro into a plug-in hybrid electric sports car that still performs like a performance car should. This electric Camaro is a parallel PHEV that comes in conjunction with a five speed automated manual transmission and runs on E85 and electrical energy.
This electric Camaro produces 201 horsepower from electric with 160 horsepower coming from a 2.0L direct-injected gas engine. Additionally, this electric Camaro is equipped with an 18.9-kWh battery that lasts for up to 40 miles! In addition to their first place trophy, the students at Ohio State University won 10,000 dollars to help further support the university’s advanced vehicle technology program.