EcoCAR2 Challenge Gets Raised Standards as EcoCAR1 Winds Up

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In brief: As the General Motors EcoCAR Challenge winds up its 3 years of development and testing, new rules for the next EcoCAR are announced.

The word

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The original EcoCAR Challenge kicked off three years ago in a joint educational competition sponsored by General Motors and the U.S. Department of Energy. The challenge was taken up by several university teams who converted and optimized Saturn Vue crossovers to be substantially more fuel efficient without losing performance.

Rules for the next EcoCAR Challenge, EcoCAR 2, have been announced and will be more restrictive. In the next iteration of EcoCAR, teams will have less space to work with as they'll be using Chevrolet Malibu sedans instead of the larger, beefier crossovers.

Most of the sixteen teams slated to participate in EcoCAR 2 don't have time to think about that, though. Ten of them are finishing challenges in EcoCAR 1, which finishes with winners announced next month. Winning teams get $50,000 in prize money.

And so ...

The fiercer competition next year, though, will mean higher stakes. The prize purse doubles to $100,000.

Photo credits: EcoCAR Challenge

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