At the EcoCar Challenge, held at GM's Desert Proving grounds in Yuma, Arizona, 16 university teams competed for more than $100,000 in cash and prizes to convert a Saturn Vue 2-Mode Hybrid into an even greener machine. To improve fuel economy and reduce well-to-wheel emissions, each team must replace the SUV's existing hybrid engine and transmission with an extended-range, plug-in electric, fuel-cell, or all-electric power train using their choice of B20, E85, or liquid hydrogen fuel. See the students working on their prototypes as they prepare for final testing.
Students from Virginia Tech University this week garnered first place in the EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge with the team's extended-range electric vehicle (EREV) using E85 (ethanol).
A team of students from Wayne State University's College of Engineering will participate in EcoCar 2: Plugging in to the Future.
On May 20, I visited GM's Desert Proving grounds in Yuma, Arizona as the teams prepared to test their vehicles in the second stage of the competition. Seeing these modified SUVs in various stages of undress and watching students racing to troubleshoot and reassemble their vehicles like young NASCAR pit teams, I quickly realized that my college experience was a waste of time.
Testing and judging gets underway as the end of "Year Two" approaches in EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge at the General Motors Desert Proving Ground in Yuma, Arizona.
Students from Mississippi State University placed first in the 2010 EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge finals in San Diego Friday after designing and building a biodiesel extended-range electric vehicle (EREV).
GM is handing out job offers along with cash prizes to students participating in the EcoCar2 competition.
Automotive News reports on the EcoCar competition, which challenges college teams to develop alternative-fuel vehicles.
Automotive News reports on the demand for electric vehicle engineers from automakers, and Wayne State University's electric vehicle engineering master's program.