June 10, 2005

University of Waterloo students win international GM competition

Milford, Michigan – Students from Ontario’s University of Waterloo took top honours in the Challenge X: Crossover to Sustainable Mobility engineering competition, sponsored by General Motors and the U.S. Department of Energy.

The students, representing the only Canadian team, were among 17 universities from across North America that created a virtual advanced propulsion technology vehicle solution, with the goal of improving on-road fuel economy and reducing emissions. Their project was a series fuel cell hybrid which will be engineered into a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox in years two and three of the Challenge X competition.

Second place went to students at Ohio’s University of Akron, with a parallel hybrid with a biodiesel Volkswagen engine and electric drive motor. Ohio State University was awarded third place for a parallel Fiat-engined biodiesel hybrid.

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