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EPA Accelerates Green Innovation with EcoCar Competition

Release Date: 08/12/2009
Contact Information: Dave Ryan (News Media Only) ryan.dave@epa.gov (202) 564-7827 (202) 564-4355

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has joined the EcoCar consortium of government, industry and academic leaders dedicated to advancing clean, efficient automotive technology. The consortium hosts EcoCar,The Next Challenge, a three-year competition among 17 universities in the U.S. and Canada to redesign and reengineer a 2009 Saturn VUE to further minimize fuel consumption and emissions. In addition to EPA, major sponsors include U.S. Department of Energy, California Air Resources Board, the Government of Canada and General Motors.

As part of the sponsorship, EPA will provide mentoring, technical advice, and dynamometer emissions testing on competition vehicles at EPA’s lab in Ann Arbor, Mich. EPA will also serve as a competition judge.

More information on EcoCar: http://www.ecocarchallenge.org