EcoCar Green Vehicle Challenge Winding Down

Students competing in a collegiate engineering competition that for the last nearly three years has focused on sustainable mobility are busy right now putting their creations through the test paces at the General Motors’ (GM) Milford Proving Ground in Michigan. The winner of the EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge event will shortly thereafter be crowned in Washington D.C.

The three year competition, said to build upon the U.S. Department of Energy’s 20 year history of advanced vehicle technology competitions, pits vehicles from 16 universities across North America in a challenge to “reduce the environmental impact of vehicles by minimizing the vehicle’s fuel consumption and reducing its emissions—all while retaining the vehicle’s performance, safety and consumer appeal.”

image via DOE

Vehicles currently being tested in the challenge have been undergoing safety, emissions, and other technical inspections in the same facilities used to test GM production vehicles. GM also apparently donated the vehicles the college students have been trying to make greener.

Following the technical inspections, said the U.S. Department of Energy, the vehicles will compete in events that test road performance, including “acceleration and braking, dynamic consumer acceptability, emissions and energy consumption (E&EC), towing, autocross, and more.”

Even as EcoCar winds down, EcoCar 2 is gearing up by challenging universities to minimize the environmental impact of a GM vehicle by converting it to electric.

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