The UW campus is seeing more alternative fuel vehicles like the Toyota Prius, the Nissan Leaf and the Chevy Volt. In the lower level of the mechanical engineering building annex, UW students are working on a car that aims to leave them in the dust, from an environmental standpoint.
A team of more than 40 students is competing in the EcoCAR 2 competition, an international contest sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors Co.
Over the next 2 1/2 years the students will take a 2013 Chevy Malibu, strip out the motor and drive train, and turn it into a low-emissions vehicle with a 50-mile electric range. Once the battery runs out it turns into a hybrid with 50 mpg fuel efficiency.