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.