This month, 15 university teams facing off in EcoCAR 2 will reach the home stretch of the race. A two-part competition will determine which team is crowned winners of the Energy Department’s latest advanced vehicle technology competition.
Since EcoCAR 2 kicked off in April 2011, the 15 participating North American university teams have been hard at work. Over the past three years, they have designed advanced propulsion technologies and integrated them into a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. Each team’s challenge is to reduce its car’s environmental impact measured in fuel consumption and emissions while retaining its consumer acceptability in performance, utility and safety. From June 1 to 12 in Milford, Michigan, and Washington, D.C., EcoCAR 2 teams will compete in more than a dozen events and refine their vehicles into near-production prototypes. For the complete story, see the EERE Blog .