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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!

      In this installment of the Green Garage blog, we speak with Paul Mandeltort from National Instruments. As a former competition student, Paul provides unique insight to the core problems that EcoCAR teams are working to solve. Today’s teams are challenged with bringing incredibly advanced designs to competition in record time. Paul discusses how students are meeting the challenge by using NI tools to build “virtual cars” using an advanced industry technique known as hardware-in-the-loop simulation.

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      Kevin McCaugherty at SAE Congress 2009

      Kevin McCaugherty at SAE Congress 2009

      This past week, three of our EcoCAR team members attended SAE World Congress 2009. Personally, the Congress opened my eyes to the future of the automobile and its related industries. Before attending Congress, I did not see myself working in the automobile industry; I simply wanted to graduate and find a local engineering job. After attending the technical sessions, I was amazed to see that the work being done by our EcoCAR team is very similar to the work being done by professionals working today.
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      y0hbcanpy61dcaj0gwnccaxhhvoaca8aobzhca3coy36caut6szkca3e8uz0cafy8655carqcnnfca3m115ecaewfea0capxukbqcapy3b0acaz53svxcazqpvtfcaz2jp2icalpesfacawy0kjzcam9ovmoPerhaps you’ve decided to walk to work today. Maybe you’re going to plant a tree. Whatever you’ve got planned, the fact that you’re more aware of the planet is a step in the right direction. Most of the EcoCAR team is now running around SAE Congress in Detroit and it’s clear that the auto industry is keenly aware of our place in history. We’re excited to be part of such a big change in history. Monday, as SAE Congress opened, Governor Schwarzenegger remarked that “It’s easy to stay with the status quo and not venture out too far and to be innovative.” Well, the easy days are officially over.
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      SAE Congress 2009

      SAE Congress 2009

      There’s no red carpet at SAE Congress 2009, but if you drive a vehicle, care about future of our planet or just enjoy the designer outfits (we’ll, not so much the outfits), there’s something for you in Detroit next week. Here’s what to watch for:
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