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Published: Monday, April 15, 2013 1:47 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, April 15, 2013 1:49 p.m. CDT
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EcoEagles Testing 2013 Chevy Malibu was conducted on Daytona International Speedway in November 2012.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Calvin Baker, a 2010 graduate of Princeton High School, is participating in the 24th year of the Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions in the EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future challenge.

Sponsored by General Motors and DOE, the EcoCAR 2 competition challenges university engineering students across North America to re-engineer a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu donated by GM, in an effort to reduce the environmental impact of the vehicle without compromising performance, safety and consumer acceptability.

Baker is a member of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s EcoCAR 2 team, the EcoEagles, located in Daytona Beach, Fla. The EcoEagles are re-engineering their Malibu into a series, plug-in hybrid electric vehicle with extended range capabilities. EcoCAR 2 is a three-year competition that implements the same vehicle development process as in the automotive industry today.

Baker plays a key role on the EcoEagles communications team to spread awareness about the innovative technologies the students are implementing into their vehicle. The EcoEagles is the only university in the state of Florida participating in this prestigious engineering competition. The team is currently finishing up Year 2 of this three-year competition and will test their vehicle in Yuma, Ariz., on May 13.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace. The university is a major research center, seeking solutions to real-world problems in partnership with the aerospace industry, other universities and government agencies.

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