The University of Washington's Advanced Vehicle Works team took second place in the national EcoCAR 2 challenge by turning a standard Chevrolet Malibu into a super-efficient hybrid.
Over the three-year competition, the UW team converted the gas-powered Malibu into a combination electric and biodiesel hybrid. The car's electric motor powers the back end and has a range of 48 miles before the car switches to the biodiesel engine, which powers the front wheels.
It was the first such competition for UW, which finished second overall behind only Ohio State among the 16 teams, 14 from the U.S. and two from Canada. UW also won nine other awards, including first place for fastest 0-60 mph time, lowest greenhouse gas emissions and lowest energy consumption.
The team has also been selected to compete in EcoCAR 3 starting this fall. The new four-year challenge will involve redesigning a Chevrolet Camaro into a hybrid car and meeting engineering, environmental and economic goals.