August 2011: In the fall of 2008, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) launched a three-year advanced vehicle technology engineering competition – EcoCAR: The Next Challenge. 16 North American universities were challenged to design and construct a near-production prototype vehicle with the goal of improving fuel economy and lowering greenhouse gas emissions, while retaining consumer acceptability in the areas of performance, utility and safety.
The final year of the EcoCar Challenge ended this past June with an impressive show of the young engineers' green vehicle technologies, which included extended-range, hybrid, plug-in and fuel-cell electric vehicles.
And the Winners Are ...
After three years of intensive work and a steep learning curve, three teams beat tough competition to become the winners of EcoCAR Challenge 2011. The top finisher was Virginia Tech University, followed by the dSPACE-supported teams Ohio State University and the University of Waterloo. They received their awards at a closing ceremony in Washington D.C, USA, on June 16, 2011.