UC Davis Team To Compete in X-Challenge

Challenge X competition to convert a stock GM automobile into a fuel-efficient hybrid electric vehicle

Published: 31-Jan-2005

Members of the media got the chance on Friday to view and ride in several hybrid vehicles built by the UC Davis engineering student Challenge X team.

As part of a three-year competition sponsored by General Motors and the U.S. Department of Energy, the "Team Fate" Challenge X team must convert a stock automobile into a fuel-efficient hybrid electric vehicle.

UCD is one of 17 North American student teams that will re-engineer a GM crossover sport-utility vehicle to minimize energy consumption, emissions, and greenhouse gases while maintaining or exceeding the vehicle's utility and performance.


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