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August 13, 2014

EcoCAR 3 Kicks Off in September

EcoCAR 3, the latest in the Energy Department's Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition series, will have a kickoff workshop in Novi, Michigan, from September 16 to 18. The Energy Department and General Motors are challenging 16 North American universities to redesign a Chevrolet Camaro into a hybrid-electric car that will reduce environmental impact while maintaining the car's performance.

Teams have four years through 2018 to develop those ideas and meet engineering, environmental, and economic goals. The Camaro will keep its body design, while student teams develop and implement eco-power and performance under the hood, retain safety, and meet high consumer standards. The teams also will focus on developing technology that will lower emissions by incorporating alternative fuels. Participants include: Arizona State University, California State University-Los Angeles; Colorado State University; Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida and Arizona; Georgia Institute of Technology; McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; Mississippi State University; the Ohio State University; Pennsylvania State University; University of Tennessee, Knoxville; University of Alabama; University of Washington; University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada; Virginia Tech; Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan; and West Virginia University. See the EcoCAR 3 website.