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Next week, a group of UT students will ship the hybrid electric car they created to a national competition.

For three years, students have been working on the car as part of the "EcoCAR 2 challenge.

Fifteen universities across the country are participating.

UT students took a Chevy Malibu and redesigned and rebuilt it into a plug-in hybrid electric car.

Their car will be tested on several aspects -- including safety, consumer acceptability and improvements -- to see which car wins.

"We think its really important for teams to start doing research in alternative fuels and energy sources so that we can create a more sustainable future for transportation," said Sarah Zimmerman, the EcoCAR 2 Communications Manager.

The competition covers the first two weeks in June. Students will first go to General Motors in Michigan where their car will be tested. They'll then do presentations about their work the following week in Washington, D.C.

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