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UT students ready to test their hybrid car

11:37 AM, Apr 29, 2013   |    comments
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Some University of Tennessee students are gearing up to head to Arizona to test their eco-friendly car against some of the best in the country.

Nearly two dozen UT engineering students have spent the last year redesigning a 2013 Chevy Malibu to make it a hybrid.

It's a three year project called EcoCAR 2 and was established by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors.

Last year, UT students designed it and now it's ready to be tested against 14 other schools' cars in Yuma, Arizona in May.

"What we are doing is really unique. We are saving energy, we are teaching the automotive engineers of the future about alternate technologies," explained UT Graduate Assitant, John Utley, "We are reducing a lot of harmful greenhouse gas emissions and other gases. We are also reducing petrolium usage and just really teaching the next generation of automotive engineers how to engineer."

The students will leave next week for the competition.Their car runs on both electricity an E-85 which is a blend of ethanol and gasoline.

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