DOE and GM Challenge College Engineers to Compete in EcoCAR2

There are a lot of col­lege stu­dents with pas­sion for motor­sports and green tech vehi­cles – which means fill­ing posi­tions for auto­mo­tive engi­neer­ing looks good. They’ve got­ten a rush out of the Eco­CAR, put on by the U.S. Dept. of Ener­gy and Gen­er­al Motors to edu­cate and train the next gen­er­a­tion of auto­mo­tive engi­neers (a Sat­urn SUV was con­vert­ed to get 80 mpg in that pro­gram). It’s been pop­u­lar enough to start up EcoCAR2 and host an event on May 23, when teams of stu­dents from 15 uni­ver­si­ties across North Amer­i­ca will be in Los Ange­les at the end of the first year of the three-year col­le­giate engi­neer­ing com­pe­ti­tion. It chal­lenges teams to reduce the envi­ron­men­tal impact of a 2013 Chevy Mal­ibu with­out com­pro­mis­ing per­for­mance, safe­ty, and con­sumer accept­abil­i­ty.

In Los Ange­les, teams will com­pete for $100,000 in cash prizes, but also com­pete to ensure they move on in the com­pe­ti­tion by earn­ing the keys to their GM-donat­ed 2013 Chevro­let Mal­ibu for hands-on re-engi­neer­ing. This is the final con­test of the first year of this three year pro­gram.



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