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Click on this YouTube link at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 24, for an exciting announcement about the upcoming EcoCAR 3 competition. Someone you know might be involved.

The teams, vehicle platform, and new EcoCAR 3 sponsors will be announced at that time. John Calabrese, of General Motors and David Danielson with the U.S. Department of Energy, will speak.

EcoCAR 3 is the newest Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition and is the heart of American automotive ingenuity and innovation. The U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors are challenging 16 North American universities to redesign a General Motors vehicle into a hybrid-electric car that will further reduce environmental impact, while maintaining the performance expected from the consumer.

The EcoCAR teams are charged with taking technology to the next level, by sparking innovative thinking, solving complex engineering challenges and applying the latest cutting-edge advanced technologies. Teams have four years, to harness those ideas into energy to meet engineering, environmental and economic goals. The student teams develop and implement eco power and performance under the hood, retain safety and meet high consumer standards. The teams also will focus on developing technology that will lower emissions by incorporating alternative fuels.

Managed by Argonne National Laboratory, EcoCAR 3 is the ultimate ground for minting future engineers. Automakers are vying for tech talent, and this launching pad moves students from academia to the working world – blazing the trail for generations to come.

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