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The Ohio State University EcoCAR 2 team places third overall and brings home $21K in award money from the Year Two EcoCAR 2 final competition

Columbus, OH (May 29, 2013) - The Ohio State University EcoCAR 2 team was named the 3rd place overall winner of the EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future competition.

This is the second year of EcoCAR 2 -- a three-year competition managed by Argonne National Laboratory and sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, General Motors and 30 other government and industry leaders – which gives students the opportunity to gain real-world automotive engineering experience while striving to improve the environmental impact and energy efficiency of an already highly-efficient vehicle – the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu.

The 15 competing universities gathered in Yuma, Arizona, last week for six rigorous days of vehicle testing and evaluation on drive quality and environmental impact at the General Motors (GM) Desert Proving Ground. From there, the competition moved to San Diego for the second round of judging by automotive industry experts.

The Ohio State team won the most awards out of all competing universities, and will even be bringing home $21,000 in award money. The award money will be filtered back into the program to be used during the Year Three portion of the competition. Awards won by The Ohio State University team include: Best Technical Report; Best Progress Reports; Best Business Plan; Best Sponsorship Pitch; Best Business Plan Results Report; Best Collaboration with a Clean Cities; Best Winter Workshop Modeling and Simulation Presentation; Best Electrical Presentation; Women in Engineering Award (MJ Yatsko); 1st Place Business Program; 2nd Place MathWorks Modeling Award; and 2nd Place Communications Program.

“"The students competing in EcoCAR 2 are leading the way in designing and building the next generation of American-made automobiles that will reduce our dependence on oil and save families and businesses money at the pump,” said David Danielson, Assistant Secretary for the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future follows the widely acclaimed competition series EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge, in which the Ohio State team placed 2nd overall during that three-year contest.

In the Yuma portion of the competition, the Ohio State team faced multiple mechanical problems with the parallel-series plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. Despite the slow start in Yuma, the team nailed every presentation in the second portion of the competition in San Diego, bringing them up to 3rd place overall finish out of 15 universities. The wining university for Year Two was Penn State University, closely followed by the 2nd place finished Cal State Los Angeles Competition was a really rewarding experience. It was neat to see everything come together over the past two weeks,” said Sarah Vasey, business manager for the Ohio State team. Vasey, a recent graduate from Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business, swept all awards in the business categories, including best final business presentation and 1st place business program – which has never been done by an EcoCAR team before.

Next year, it is the team’s goal to bring home the winning title during the third and final year of competition. Year Three of the EcoCAR 2 competition requires university teams to focus on the refinement of their vehicles, with the ultimate goal of creating a showroom ready vehicle. In addition, the teams must meet outreach deliverables by attending events in the local community and by educating the public on advanced vehicle technologies.

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About Ohio State EcoCAR team
The Ohio State EcoCAR team consists of 15 graduate students and 30 undergraduate students advised by faculty at the Ohio State Center for Automotive Research. The team consists of wide range of majors including mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, business and photography. This is Ohio State’s 19th year in participating in advanced vehicle technology competitions and the 5th consecutive year of placing in the top 5.

More information about the OSU EcoCAR team can be found at ecocar2.osu.edu and more information about the EcoCAR 2 competition can be found at ecocar2.org or greengarageblog.org. Team members are also available for interviews; please contact Sarah Jadwin at 614-205-2882 for more information.