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Seattle Times
November 26, 2011

Is the Prius not efficient enough for you? Are electric cars too limiting? How about an American-made hybrid that goes 45 to 50 miles on an electric charge, then switches to biodiesel and gets 100 miles to the gallon?

If that sounds like a winner, a team of mechanical-engineering students at the University of Washington thinks so, too. They're designing just such a car as part of a three-year national competition to turn a Chevy Malibu into a super-hybrid.
This is the first year the UW's engineering school — better known for aviation, not autos — has participated in the 23-year-old car-design competition, sponsored in part by the U.S. Department of Energy.