WEB EXCLUSIVE: EcoCAR 2 Student Engineering Competition
Updated: Wednesday, February 26 2014, 07:50 PM EST
COLUMBUS (Andrew Michael) -- EcoCAR 2 is a three-year student engineering competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy that challenges 15 universities to redesign and rebuild a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu into an environmentally friendly vehicle.
Currently, the team is in the final year of competition, and recently reached the major milestone of having a running vehicle!
The vehicle, which is all student-designed and built, features technology that is not even comparable to mass-produced advanced vehicles today. For example, the team is automating a manual-transmission in order to maximize the fuel economy, something that is rarely seen in industry.
The competition helps to build our automotive industry future by training the next generation of automotive engineers.