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Hybrid Warriors earn high score in EcoCar 2 progress report

March 10, 2013

A Wayne State University team scored high points in a recent progress report for "EcoCar 2: Plugging In to the Future," an engineering competition in which 15 North American university teams compete over three years to convert a gasoline-powered production car into a fully functional hybrid vehicle. The WSU Hybrid Warriors earned 93 out of 100 points, higher than the average of 83.9 earned among the 15 competing schools. EcoCar 2 provides students with real-world, eco-friendly automotive engineering experience while striving to further improve the energy efficiency of an already highly efficient vehicle. "The EcoCar 2 organizers were so impressed with our team's work and overall progress that they complimented us repeatedly," says Jerry Ku, associate professor, EcoCar 2 faculty advisor and director of WSU's electric-drive vehicle engineering program. "They said that we had turned in some of the best electrical component schematics in our report. As the only Michigan school (in the competition), we're looking forward to making the College of Engineering proud and showing that we can compete toe-to-toe against schools that have been participating in Department of Energy Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions much longer."