The EcoCar3 project has taken an essential step forward. Universities across the United States and Canada have finalized plans on how they plan to power their prototype 2016 Chevrolet Camaro from a selection of alternative fuels and propulsion methods.
The project offered students a choice between E10, a 10-percent ethanol and 90-percent gasoline blend, E85, a renewable fuel containing between 51- and 83-percent ethanol and finally B20, a biodiesel bend with 20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent petroleum diesel.
Students and universities conducted their own market research to understand a Camaro buyer and what would best suit the needs to ensure a proper performance vehicle, while reducing emissions and greatly enhancing fuel economy.
15 of the 16 universities opted for a similar combination: a plug-in hybrid powertrain utilizing E85. Only one university, The University of Knoxville, opted for hybrid-electric vehicle running on E10.
As stated, each university team carefully selected what they felt would appeal to a target audience and Camaro buyer. Universities will take delivery of their 2016 Chevrolet Camaro shortly, provided by General Motors directly.