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Over the past fifteen years, General Motors (GM) has joined the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to sponsor several successful student engineering competition programs. Most recently, GM and DOE have teamed up as headline sponsors of EcoCAR: The Next Challenge, the latest advanced vehicle technology competition program.

The three-year competition, modeled after the General Motors global vehicle development process, brings students into the real world of vehicle development and better prepares them to make a faster contribution to the engineering profession and the automotive industry.

Each participating university team will re-engineer a vehicle donated by GM, with three basic goals: reduce energy consumption, decrease emissions and maintain the performance and utility features of the stock vehicle. For this competition, the teams are also required to emulate the vehicle categories from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) zero emissions vehicle (ZEV) requirements. They are encouraged to explore a variety of technology solutions including electric, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fuel cells.

GM will donate vehicles to each of the university teams at the end of the first year of the competition.. GM will also provide each university team with seed money and donate the use of its engineering, testing and proving ground facilities for student workshops and competitions. Finally, GM will provide highly controlled access to its intellectual property as well as engineering staff support and mentoring – including a program manager, team mentors and event judges – and communications support for the competition series.

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