MSU Students Finish 'EcoCAR' for Competition

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A future hybrid vehicle developed by students at Mississippi State University is ready for the international EcoCAR competition to design a greener, more fuel-efficient vehicle.

On Wednesday, team members finished work on the 2009 Saturn Vue provided by GM. On Saturday, the automaker will pick up the vehicle, which will be tested and judged May 17-28 at GM's proving grounds in Yuma, Arizona, and then in San Diego.

Work began in October.

Students tell the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that MSU is using hybrid technology -- a diesel engine paired with an electric motor. They say the engine helps charge the batteries.

Students say the vehicle can travel about 50 miles in all-electric mode plus about another 150 miles with the diesel engine.

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