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June 26, 2002

University of Wisconsin Team Wins FutureTruck Competition

A hybrid electric Ford Explorer running on biodiesel fuel led the student team from the University of Wisconsin-Madison to victory in the FutureTruck competition on June 21st. The team managed to cut the greenhouse gas emissions of a Ford Explorer in half while boosting its fuel efficiency by 45 percent. The revamped vehicle was built on a frame of both aluminum and steel and featured a titanium exhaust system.

Second place in the competition was earned by Michigan Tech University, which entered a hybrid electric Explorer fueled with reformulated gasoline. Of 15 teams in the competition, 7 managed to improve the Explorer's fuel economy and 2 succeeded in improving the vehicle's performance. See the FutureTruck press release.

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