North America's Premier Collegiate Automotive Engineering Competition

Mississippi State undergraduate and graduate students are redesigning a Chevrolet Camaro for EcoCAR, a series of multi-year competitions working to develop the next generation of leaders in the automotive industry.


The EcoCAR 3 competition focused on improving fuel efficiency and exhaust emissions of a Chevrolet Camaro, while retaining performance features and keeping the Camaro tradition alive.

Continually selected as one of 16 North American universities to compete in the EcoCAR competition, MSU teams placed first overall in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012, and maintain high ranks within presentation and event categories.

The goal of the current EcoCAR3 competition? To design and build a vehicle that reduces environmental impact, while increasing sustainability and maintaining the expected muscle and performance of the iconic Camaro.

Currently in the fourth and final year of the EcoCAR3 competition, MSU's student-led team is focused on completing the transformation of a 2016 Chevy Camaro into an Electric Hybrid Vehicle. In its final stretch before the Year 4 Final Competition in May 2018, MSU's redesign will undergo various testing, including:

  • 0-60 MPH Acceleration
  • 60-0 MPH Braking
  • Fuel Energy Consumption
  • Electric Energy Consumption
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions
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Through building the car of tomorrow, we bridge the gap between academia and industry today

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The product of the EcoCar2 competition, themed "Plugging into the Future"

With team members hailing from different academic disciplines, the EcoCar 3 competition has a university-wide reach, uniting students for the common goal of engineering a successful EcoCAR.

Although strongly focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields, team responsibilities include skillsets focused on project management, communication, innovation, controls, and simulation, among others, allowing any Mississippi State student to find their place working with EcoCAR 3.

To get involved with MSU’s EcoCAR3 team, contact Project Manager Miandra Maiers.

For more information on the team or outreach events, contact Communications Manager Carrie Kilgore.

EcoCAR3 is managed by Argonne National Laboratory and sponsored by the Department of Energy and General Motors.

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The team members representing MSU in EcoCar: The NeXt Challenge