Mike Shekari / Staff Reporter
The EcoEagles team was presented with a $20,000 check from the General Motors Company last Thursday in their garage attached to the Leman Engineering building. The presentation was attended by members of the team, a GM representative, and Dr. John Johnson, president of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The donation was awarded to the team for their continued participation in the EcoCar competition, which is a four year competition where the team must take a factory production model vehicle and make it eco-friendly.
Before the check was presented to the team, they showed off their outstanding handiwork from the last iteration of the EcoCar competition. Two innovative features that they put into the car were an electrical plug-in spot at the front of the vehicle hidden by the front bumper ornament, and the vehicle is able to charge itself by the driver simply releasing off the gas pedal and collecting the energy as the car begins to slow, before the driver even pushes on the brakes.
The vehicle for the next rendition of the EcoCar competition is a Chevrolet Camaro. It should be exciting to see what this team comes up with next to bring eco-friendly features into the muscle car category.