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Fuel efficiency has been a huge theme at this week’s New York International Auto Show, and in keeping with that trend, Edmunds named the show’s five standout cars. One of the standouts was the newly unveiled 2013 Chevy Malibu!

2013 Chevrolet Malibu

Edmunds admired the size of the Malibu in particular: “Chevy bucks the ‘bigger is better’ trend that has dominated the midsize-sedan segment in recent years by going smaller with the 2013 Malibu,” said writer Warren Clarke in a blog post.

GM will be donating a 2013 Chevy Malibu to all sixteen schools competing in EcoCAR 2. We’re excited to see the teams further reduce the environmental impact of the already fuel efficient Malibu, while maintaining the consumer appeal that made the car such a hit this week in New York!

If you weren’t able to attend SAE’s 2011 World Congress this week, EcoCAR 2 made quite a splash. Yesterday we announced that the GM-donated vehicle for EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future will be a Chevrolet Malibu, and today DOE named the sixteen teams selected to participate in the competition.

Check out the video recap below to see what happened!

EcoCAR made its second big announcement of the SAE 2011 World Congress today, when DOE’s David Sandalow named the sixteen teams selected to participate in EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future. The North American colleges and universities competing in EcoCAR 2 will be:

    • California State University, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
    • Colorado State University  (Fort Collins, CO)
    • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Daytona Beach, FL)
    • Mississippi State University (Starkville, MS)
    • North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC)
    • The Ohio State University (Columbus, OH)
    • Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA)
    • Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN)
    • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (Terre Haute, IN)
    • University of Ontario Institute of Technology (Oshawa, Ontario, Canada)
    • University of Tennessee, Knoxville (Knoxville, TN)
    • University of Victoria (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada)
    • University of Washington (Seattle, WA)
    • University of Waterloo (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada)
    • Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA)
    • Wayne State University (Detroit, MI)

      Please join us in congratulating these schools on being selected. Engineers on all sixteen teams will spend the next three years developing innovative ways to reduce the environmental impact of a GM-donated Chevrolet Malibu without compromising performance, safety and consumer appeal. To learn more about North America’s Premier Collegiate Automotive Engineering Competition, go to

      We can’t wait to see what the teams come up with!

      …the Chevrolet Malibu!

      Today, Karl Stracke, CEO of Opel/Vauxhall at General Motors and the general chairman of SAE 2011 World Congress, announced the vehicle choice during the conference keynote address. The 16 EcoCAR 2 teams will utilize the Chevrolet Malibu as the integration platform for their advanced vehicle design throughout the EcoCAR 2: Plugging in to the Future competition. For the next three years, student engineers at select schools will use hybrid electric powertrains, adaptive control systems and advanced battery technologies to reduce the vehicles’ environmental impact without compromising performance, safety and consumer acceptability.

      The vehicle EcoCAR 2 teams will get to reengineer: a Chevy Malibu

      Tomorrow, David Sandalow, Assistant Secretary for Policy & International Affairs at DOE, will be announce the elite teams selected to participate in the EcoCAR 2 program, so be sure to check back for the full list of schools!

      On Friday, EcoCAR organizers from Argonne National Laboratory and General Motors met with the EcoCAR Faculty Advisory Board (FAB) at the University of Victoria on Vancouver Island, B.C. Canada. The FAB provides critical academic input and direction to EcoCAR organizers and consists of four EcoCAR faculty advisors who come from a mix of veteran and incoming teams involved in Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions (AVTC).

      “These advisors provide a unique perspective to the competition,” said EcoCAR organizer and AVTC Mechanical Engineer, Nicole Lambiase. “They help the organizers by giving their own input about what they believe the students and teams can achieve, then we feed that insight back into the planning and execution of the program. It is always nice to hear what the advisors have to say.”

      At last week’s FAB meeting, EcoCAR organizers prepared for the Spring Emissions Testing and Workshop to be held at the Environmental Protection Agency’s Ann Arbor facility, in March. Organizers also discussed the preliminary scope of the EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future competition.


      rs from Virginia Tech, Mississippi State, Penn State and University of Victoria visit the UVic EcoCAR garage for a tour

      EcoCAR organizers and FAB advisors from Virginia Tech, Mississippi State, Penn State and University of Victoria visit the UVic EcoCAR garage for a tour

      “Given the technical and logistical demands EcoCAR places on our students, I’m grateful that the EcoCAR organizers solicit our suggestions to ensure the competition metrics and logistics are the best they can be,” said University of Victoria Faculty Advisor Curran Crawford.

      After discussing the Spring Workshop and EcoCAR 2, members of the FAB took a tour of the University of Victoria EcoCAR garage and saw the university’s upcoming Green Vehicle Research and Testing Centre, which will be complete in early 2011 (Learn more about the centre, here:

      Interested in green vehicle innovation? Being part of a team? Getting hands-on experience and a firsthand look into the auto industry? Then you’ve come to the right place!

      The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), General Motors and other key  sponsors like Natural Resources Canada, MathWorks, dSPACE and A123 Systems are sponsoring EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future. Managed by Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), EcoCAR 2 launches in the 2011 academic year following the Year Three Finals of EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge.

      Today, ANL’s Kristen De La Rosa will be in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada at the International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition (IMECE), the annual meeting of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), where she will announce the release of the EcoCAR 2 Request for Proposal (RFP) to the ASME Department Heads Forum.

      Through the competitive RFP process, up to 16 universities will be awarded a highly-coveted spot on the roster for EcoCAR 2. The selected teams will be charged with minimizing the environmental impact of a GM production vehicle utilizing various electric powertrain architectures. EcoCAR 2 will provide an invaluable opportunity for college and university students to take part in hands-on automotive research and development while using industry-leading tools and practices.

      If you think your school is up for the challenge, go to the EcoCAR 2 website to complete the Notice of Program Interest and receive a copy of the RFP. University proposals are due on January 11, 2011 and teams will be announced in April 2011.

      Questions concerning the RFP and EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future should be sent to Consult the FAQs and related discussions at

      It’s hard to believe that EcoCAR 2 is already on the horizon, but Argonne National Laboratory has released the Notice of Program Interest for EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future.

      Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), General Motors (GM) and other sponsors such as Natural Resources Canada, EcoCAR 2 is North America’s Premier Collegiate Automotive Engineering Competition Series. Beginning in Academic Year 2011, EcoCAR 2 will build upon the 22-year history of DOE Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions (AVTC) and seeks to develop the next generation of automotive engineers with unparalleled experience designing, building, promoting and demonstrating advanced vehicle technologies. Up to 16 universities will be selected to participate through a competitive Request For Proposal (RFP) process. Participating teams will be challenged to minimize the environmental impact of a GM production vehicle utilizing various electric powertrain architectures.

      The RFP will be out in November and proposals will be due in January 2011.

      Watch the video below for a preview of the EcoCAR competition and what the future holds.

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