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KUSA - College students from Colorado State University and 14 other schools have created a new type of car that doesn't guzzle, but sips its energy.

They were tasked by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors to re-engineer a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu with energy storage, electric drive and ethanol (E85) fueled engine technology. While the CSU team's results were impressive, it was Ohio State which came away with the top prize.

"The EcoCAR 2 competition has been an incredible journey and learning experience for everyone at Ohio State, and that's what really matters – winning the top spot is just a bonus," said Katherine Bovee from Ohio State. "We are all excited to take everything we have learned into the workplace after graduation."

The team's unique design achieved 50 miles per gallon gas equivalent (MPGGE), while using 315 Watt-hours per mile (Wh/mi­) of electricity. The vehicle impressed the judges with stellar numbers and even lessened the amount of criteria emissions by half, compared to the base vehicle.

"Ohio State met and exceeded the EcoCAR 2 goals at every point in the competition," said Dr. Michael Knotek – Deputy Under Secretary for Science and Energy, U.S. Department of Energy. "Their innovative work has contributed significantly to the future of energy efficient technology in the automotive industry, and we wish all members of the team the best as they move forward in the next step of their careers, whether in the classroom or in the professional world."

"For the past three years all 15 EcoCAR 2 teams have worked tirelessly to design the next generation of clean vehicles and we have seen exceptional outcomes," said Ken Morris, vice president, global product integrity, General Motors. "Ohio State stood out amongst the competition and truly did an outstanding job. All of the teams have helped advance innovative vehicle technology and improve the automotive industry and we thank them for their hard work, dedication and enthusiasm for this program."

To learn more, please visit http://www.ecocar2.org/.

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