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May 11, 2004

DOE and GM Launch a Fuel Efficiency and Emissions Contest for the Chevy Equinox

DOE and General Motors Corporation (GM) announced a new competition on May 11th that will challenge engineering students across North America to redesign a Chevrolet Equinox, increasing its fuel efficiency and reducing its emissions while maintaining the vehicle's safety and performance. Called "Challenge X: Crossover to Sustainable Mobility," the three-year competition will pit teams of engineering students from 17 North American universities against each other in the redesign of Chevy's compact sport utility vehicle (SUV). DOE's Argonne National Laboratory will manage the Challenge X competition, and GM will supply each team with an Equinox SUV, $10,000 in seed money, technical mentoring, and additional production parts for the vehicle. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Transportation will also contribute to the competition, as will a number of sponsoring corporations and organizations. See the DOE press release.