High school students visited Penn State EcoCAR2 at Beaver campus

Students from four area high schools recently visited Penn State Beaver to view the Penn State EcoCAR2, an experimental car designed by the Penn State Advanced Vehicle Team, as well as an alternative fuel car supplied by Pittsburgh Clean Cities.

The students, who were from Western Beaver, Seneca Valley, Hopewell and Blackhawk high schools, also attended an information session about advanced fuels and vehicles that was presented by members of the EcoCAR2 Team. In addition, the vehicle was the subject of a feature story that appeared in a recent edition of the Beaver County Times.

Penn State’s EcoCAR2 is the result of a three-year national competition known as EcoCAR2: Plugging In to the Future which was developed as part of a competition among 15 universities and sponsored by General Motors and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Penn State students majoring in engineering have redesigned and re-engineered a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu to convert it into a unique hybrid that increases gas mileage, decreases emissions, and maintains consumer acceptability. The students and the Pittsburgh Clean Cities representatives shared information about advanced vehicle technologies, alternative fuel vehicles, hybrid vehicle technologies, and careers in engineering, energy, science and technology. Pittsburgh Clean Cities is a government-industry partnership with the goals of furthering the alternative fuel and alternative vehicle market in western Pennsylvania to ultimately reduce the state’s dependence on petroleum.

For information about the Penn State EcoCAR2, visit http://www.hev.psu.edu online.

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Last Updated April 30, 2012