Student Eco-Engineering Teams Announce Plug-In Hybrid EcoCAR Architectures

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(3BL Media / theCSRfeed) Detroit, MI – February 22, 2012 – Today, the 15 North American universities participating in EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future announced the vehicle architectures they will implement in their General Motors-donated 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. The three-year EcoCAR 2 competition, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Argonne National Laboratory, General Motors, and 20 other government and industry leaders, gives students the opportunity to gain real-world, eco-friendly automotive engineering experience while striving to further improve the energy-efficiency of an already highly efficient vehicle – the Malibu.

But teams don’t get to stop there. Much like the challenges facing automakers, EcoCAR engineering students must balance the challenge of increasing the vehicle’s energy efficiency and reducing the vehicle’s greenhouse gas emissions and petroleum consumption with maintaining the performance, safety and overall consumer accep

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