Public invited to view Penn State EcoCAR2 at Beaver campus

The public is invited 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, noon to 2 p.m., Monday, April 16, in Penn State Beaver’s main parking lot next to the Nittany Lion statue.

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 reengineered 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 will share 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.

In addition, members of the Penn State EcoCAR2 team will host a presentation about advanced fuels and vehicles for high school students at 12:30 p.m. in the campus auditorium.

Information about the event is available by contacting the Penn State Beaver Chancellor’s Office at 724-773-3553 or rxm70@psu.edu.

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Last Updated April 16, 2012