Ohio State University gets first place in the first round of the EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge, just beating the University of Victoria into second by the very slimmest of margins – by just 1%.

The competition challenges 17 university engineering teams from across North America to re-engineer a 2009 Saturn VUE to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions while retaining the vehicle’s performance and consumer appeal.

The winning team’s EREV provides a practical solution that increases energy efficiency and reduce environmental impacts. The Ohio State’s design proposal is powered by a 1.8 liter engine and fueled by E85 ethanol.

The second place vehicle design, engineered by students at the University of Victoria, is also an EREV that runs on E85 ethanol. Mississippi State University was awarded third place for its EREV, B20 biodiesel design.

In total, three Canadian teams from the University of Victoria, the University of Waterloo, and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology are participating in the competition.

In year two of the competition, teams incorporate their unique power train designs into the Saturn VUE. In the final year teams must refine their vehicles to near-showroom quality and put the vehicle through a rigorous competitive test.

The Government of Canada contributed $500,000 to EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge, which is also sponsored by the U. S. Department of Energy and General Motors.

Visit: http://www. ecocarchallenge. org/

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