Oshawa, Ontario – EcoCAR 2 has been launched, the latest in a series of three-year international challenges that requires students to design vehicles that blend next-generation technologies with real-world customer appeal.

Students from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, the University of Waterloo and the University of Victoria joined representatives from the federal government and General Motors to launch EcoCAR 2: Plugging in to the Future. The competition challenges these Canadian engineering students, along with teams from thirteen U.S. universities, to reduce the environmental impact of vehicles without compromising performance, safety and consumer acceptability.

“The EcoCAR 2 competition offers an excellent showcase for the talent and ingenuity of Canadian university students who will be the workforce of tomorrow,” said Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources. “This kind of innovative thinking will lead to cleaner and more efficient vehicles in the future and supports our government’s objectives to develop cleaner technologies.”

EcoCAR 2 is a three-year collegiate engineering competition led by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors. It requires students to explore a variety of powertrain architectures and follow a real-world engineering regimen modelled after GM’s three-year global development process. The teams will use a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu, donated by the automaker, as the integration platform for their advanced vehicle design. Natural Resources Canada is contributing $100,000 to the first year of the program.

EcoCAR 2 builds on the EcoCAR competition which finished this year, and in which the University of Waterloo in Ontario placed third overall.

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