Mercedes to invest $1 billion to build electric SUVs, batteries in Alabama: report

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Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, is expected to announce that it will invest up to $1 billion to build electric SUVs and batteries in and around its Alabama assembly plant. Manufacturing Future Cars Daimler battery pack Alabama plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) assembly plantsThe plans, first reported reported Thursday in The Wall Street Journal (paywalled), represent a major expansion of electric-car manufacturing in the U.S. So far.

Alabama, Mississippi to assess oil sands resources in their states

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Alabama and Mississippi are forming a partnership to further study the oil sands resources in the two states, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley and Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant announced on Saturday while speaking to the Southern States Energy Board. The State of Alabama has the third largest oil sands resource in the United States, which may extend into the State of Mississippi. Areal extent of the Hartselle Sandstone in Alabama.

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U Alabama study finds LTE C-V2N and DSRC connected vehicle latency approximately equivalent for infrastructure messages

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A side-by-side comparison of connected vehicle technology at 85 traffic signals in the Tuscaloosa, AL area showed that latency in delivering safety messages from roadside units (RSUs) to vehicles via dedicated short range radios (DSRC) and LTE cellular (C-V2N) was “approximately equivalent,” according to a study by the University of Alabama. The research was conducted in conjunction with the Alabama Department of Transportation.

Mazda, Toyota select Alabama for $1.6B new US auto manufacturing plant

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Mazda and Toyota have selected Huntsville, Alabama as the site of their new joint-venture manufacturing plant. The site for the new plant is in Huntsville, located approximately 14 miles from Toyota’s Alabama plant (Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Alabama, Inc.). With more than 150 Tier 1 and 2 automotive suppliers in the state as well as automakers, there are approximately 57,000 automotive manufacturing jobs in Alabama.

Mercedes-Benz to set up EV production in US, battery plant; $1B investment in Alabama

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The company plans to produce EQ-branded SUV models at MBUSI (Mercedes-Benz US International), its Tuscaloosa, Alabama facility. Final details of the plans are still being worked on in partnership with the State of Alabama. Dignitaries attending the event included Alabama Governor Kay Ellen Ivey as well as other local and state officials. Mercedes-Benz will set up electric vehicle production in the United States.

Toyota to increase V6 engine production in Alabama

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The expansion will allow Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama, Inc. Toyota will invest approximately $80 million its Huntsville, Ala. engine facility to increase North American production of V6 engines. The investment will bring total plant investment to more than $700 million. TMMAL) to build an additional 216,000 engines each year, boosting total V6 annual capacity to 362,000. A new 300,000 sq. building will be constructed. The increased production will begin in March 2014.

Alabama Graphite reports high-performance Si-enhanced coated spherical purified graphite (Si-CSPG) for LIBs

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Alabama Graphite Corp. AGC) reported positive electrochemical results from downstream lithium-ion battery tests recently performed on its silicon-oxide-enhanced coated spherical purified graphite ("Si-CSPG") produced from the AGC’s ultra-high-purity 99.999 wt% C natural flake graphite. Based on the addition of a 4 wt % silicon oxide (SiOx) to its CSPG, AGC was able to achieve a reversible capacity of 405.03 mAh/g and an irreversible capacity of 439.49 mAh/g. This compared to 347.2

Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Alabama marks start of 4-cylinder engine production

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Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Alabama, Inc. TMMAL), an engine-production subsidiary of Japan-based Toyota Motor. Corporation (TMC), held a line-off ceremony to mark the beginning of. four-cylinder engine production. The 10-year old plant now has the capacity to produce approximately 216,000 4-cylinder engines, 146,000 V6 engines, and 144,000 V8 engines per year. TMMAL-produced 2.5-liter and 2.7-liter four-cylinder engines will go into the all-new. 2012 Camry, Highlander, Sienna and Venza.

Southeast gasoline drivers to get range anxiety after pipeline rupture?

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A pipeline rupture in Alabama has led to fuel shortages. Fuel Gasoline oil Alabama gas stationThe term "range anxiety" is commonly associated with electric cars because of relatively short ranges for many of them, along with a lack of charging infrastructure in many regions. But at the moment, many drivers of gasoline cars in the southern U.S. may begin feeling exactly the same thing.

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Alabama Project Testing Potential for Combining CO2 Storage with Enhanced Methane Recovery

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Field testing the potential for combining geologic carbon dioxide storage with enhanced methane recovery is underway at a site in Alabama by a US Department of Energy (DOE) team of regional partners. Southern Company, El Paso Exploration & Production, the Geological Survey of Alabama, and the University of Alabama are all participating in the field test, known as the Black Warrior CO 2 Storage Project.

Alabama Injection Project Aimed at Enhanced Oil Recovery, Testing Important Geologic CO2 Storage

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Carbon dioxide injection—an important part of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology—is underway as part of a pilot study of CO 2 enhanced oil recovery (EOR) in the Citronelle Field of Mobile County, Alabama. A project team led by the University of Alabama at Birmingham is conducting the injection. Project performers include the University of Alabama at Birmingham (Birmingham, Ala); Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University (Normal, Ala.);

Alabama will be ‘first to mass produce green cars’ says HK Motors

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Los Angeles-based start-up, Hybrid Kinetic Motors (HK Motors) has announced plans to construct a new green-vehicle manufacturing plant in Baldwin County, Alabama in the US. HK Motors Chairman, Yung Benjamin Yeung cited the strength of Alabama’s economy and the quality of its workforce as the main reasons for the board’s decision to locate its primary manufacturing operations in Alabama. Tags: Green credentials Alabama green hybrid kinetic motors

Mercedes breaks ground on US battery factory (Updated)

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—right next door to its SUV factory in Alabama. The move is an indication that the company plans to build its upcoming all-electric EQC electric SUV in Alabama. Mercedes-Benz broke ground Friday on a new battery factory in the U.S.—right The EQC is expected to go on sale in the U.S. as a 2021 model. Mercedes exports many of the SUVs it produces in

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PHEV "No Kidding" Day. Wednesday, 1 April 2009. From CHATTZ to a Return to Georgia Stayover en route to Birmingham, then Montgomery, Alabama.

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Spacing to be filled in. when time permits. However, one can "No Kidding" April Fool's Day do a GOOGLE on the following: Jerry Asher Plug-ins. and be amazed as EVJerry was! Way beyond expectation! Next time I'll endeavor to listen more closely to PHEV3A Co-Chair, Joe Lado. More to follow. Spirit" & EVJerry

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Nissan ramps up partnership with Mercedes-Benz

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Green cars Latest news Mercedes Nissan Alabama four-cylinder engines Mercedes-Benz Renault Twingo Renault-Nissan Alliance smart TennesseeThe Renault-Nissan Alliance has furthered its alliance with German carmaker Daimler after agreeing to manufacture Mercedes-Benz four-cylinder petrol engines at its Decherd, Tennessee, assembly plant. Its engines will be used for both Infiniti and Mercedes-Benz models with production to start in 2014.

Chinese tycoon to launch clean-tech car venture in US

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It will be a case of ’sweet home Alabama’ for Yang Rong, a Chinese automobile tycoon who is preparing to launch a plan to make clean-tech cars in the United States. Yang is likely to co-operate with the Alabama state government on the project which is expected to create thousands of jobs in its initial phase, according to the source. There has been no comment from Alabama economic development officials.

Tesla Model S Cross-Country Trip, Without (Many) Superchargers: Days 4-7

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Still, I made it from New York''s cold, snowy Hudson Valley into the warm, humid climes of Alabama in my first three days--as I wrote about yesterday. A cross-country road trip in a Tesla Model S electric car requires a fair amount of forward planning and contingency research. Then, waking up on Day Four, I had a stroke of unexpected luck. DAY 4

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US cellulosic ethanol goals falling short

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Seventy million of those gallons were to come from an Alabama company called Cello Energy, but Cello has now been found guilty in a Federal court of civil fraud for lying to a major investor about its ability to make ethanol from grass and other woody, non-food materials. Tags: Biofuels Green cars Latest news Alabama Cello Energy cellulosic ethanol EPA

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Auburn University building new autonomous vehicle research facility

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Bevly’s group has also conducted demonstrations for legislators and the Alabama Department of Transportation. The Auburn University Samuel Ginn College of Engineering is building a new autonomous vehicle research facility at Auburn’s National Center for Asphalt Technology test track, making it one of the few such facilities in the nation attached to a test track.

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Tesla Model S Road Trip Ends Without A Hitch In NYC

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After starting in Portland, Oregon on December 26, the team drove down the West Coast, before cutting across Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Alabama Well, they made it! Tesla Model S-driving trio Peter Soukup, Tina Thomas and Luba Roytburd successfully arrived in New York City after almost five thousand miles of driving coast-to-coast.

All New Flyer facilities now capable of manufacturing Xcelsior CHARGE battery-electric buses

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NFI Group), the largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America, announced that its Anniston, Alabama facility has successfully completed its first full build of an Xcelsior CHARGE battery-electric heavy-duty transit bus. New Flyer currently employs 610 people in Alabama, and is expected to add approximately 60 people to the Anniston team in 2018. New Flyer of America Inc., the US subsidiary of New Flyer Industries Inc.

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FAA awards $7.5M in research grants for integration of drones into national airspace

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University of Alabama, Huntsville. University of Alabama, Huntsville – lead University. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is awarding $7.5 million in research, education, and training grants to universities that comprise the agency’s Air Transportation Center of Excellence (COE) for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), also known as the Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE).

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NASA and Virgin Orbit 3D print, test rocket combustion chamber

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The company partnered with NASA experts in combustion and additive manufacturing (3D printing) at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama; Glenn Research Center in Cleveland; and Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California. A 3D-printed rocket engine combustion chamber awaiting hot-fire testing at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

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Daikin to begin producing Li-ion electrolytes

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will soon start producing electrolytes for lithium-ion batteries, initially at its Daikin America plant in Alabama, and begin selling them in January. The Alabama plant will have an annual production capacity of around 2,000 tons. Nikkei. Japan-based Daikin Industries Ltd. Daikin says its product can be charged at higher voltages than conventional electrolytes, helping to lift battery capacity by 20%.

Report: Nippon Steel, ArcelorMittal to buy US auto steel plant for $1.95B

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The Nikkei reports that Nippon Steel and ArcelorMittal will jointly acquire a ThyssenKrupp automotive steel sheet plant in Alabama for approximately ¥200 billion (US$1.95 ThyssenKrupp invested US$5 billion in its Calvert, Alabama complex: $3.6 By acquiring the state-of-the-art Alabama facility, at a relatively low price, Nippon Steel and ArcelorMittal will boost overall US capacity to 4.2

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Toyota to begin hybrid powertrain production in US; $374M investment in 5 plants

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million in five US manufacturing plants to support production of its first US-made hybrid powertrain and to implement Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA) at its Alabama plant. The Huntsville, Alabama, plant will undergo a comprehensive upgrade to enable it to build engines that complement TNGA. Fifty new jobs will be created because of the investment at the Alabama plant. Toyota is expanding the production of its hybrid powertrains to the US. Toyota will invest $373.8

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StarMetro places 3rd order for electric buses with Proterra for Florida State; 100% battery-electric fleet

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Proterra has also sold its Catalyst buses to the University of Montana, Duke University and Alabama A&M University. StarMetro, the city of Tallahassee’s public transit system, has agreed to purchase 22 Proterra Catalyst FC buses to service Florida State University (FSU), bringing the StarMetro fleet to 27 battery-electric buses. FSU is one of the first universities in the nation to decommission its entire fossil-fuel powered fleet and upgrade it to a 100% battery-electric fleet.

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Participants in the collaboration include Alabama Power, American Electric Power, Austin Energy , BC Hydro, CenterPoint Energy, Consolidated Edison of New York, Dominion, DTE Energy, Duke Energy, FirstEnergy Corp.,

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DOE awarding $11M to advance renewable carbon fiber production from biomass

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Southern Research Institute (SRI) of Birmingham, Alabama will receive up to $5.9 The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award up to $11.3 million for two projects that aim to advance the production of cost-competitive, high-performance carbon fiber material from renewable, non-food-based feedstocks, such as agricultural residues and woody biomass. Carbon fiber can lower the cost and improve performance of fuel-efficient vehicles and renewable energy components such as wind turbine blades.

Mainstay Fuel Technologies delivers 30 CNG fuel systems to Virginia Transportation for car carriers for Honda

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in Alabama. The trucks will be dedicated to routes moving automobiles from Honda’s Lincoln, Alabama factory to a new CSX rail facility. Mainstay Fuel Technologies, Inc. and Virginia Transportation Corporation announced the completion and delivery of 30 custom fuel systems for use in Virginia Transportation’s new fleet of CNG-powered car haulers. The CNG-powered fleet will be utilized as part of a collaboration between Virginia Transportation and American Honda Motor Co.

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2011 Mercedes-Benz GL Class

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First introduced in 2007, and built on the same Alabama production line that also assembles A seven-passenger full-size sport utility vehicle that weighs roughly three tons is rarely anyone’s idea of a green vehicle, but the 2011 Mercedes-Benz GL Class gets the nod when it’s fitted with the company’s Bluetec clean-diesel engine.

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Wyoming leads in vehicle miles traveled per person

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The states that follow Wyoming with the highest levels of VMT per person are Alabama, Mississippi, New Mexico, and North Dakota. by Michael Sivak, Sivak Applied Research. Total vehicle miles traveled (VMT) by all vehicles in the United States vary greatly across the individual states.

DOE awards Hyundai $4.95M for work on advanced mixed-mode gasoline engine; Co-Optima

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HATCI supports new model development for HMG’s North American operations and global programs from dedicated engineering facilities and support staff at affiliate sites located throughout the United States (Alabama, California, Georgia, Michigan and Washington DC). The US Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded Hyundai America Technical Center $4.95

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University Of Georgia purchases 20 Proterra 40' Catalyst E2 buses with DuoPower drivetrain

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Proterra has sold its Catalyst buses to StarMetro/Florida State University, University of Montana, Duke University and Alabama A&M University. The University of Georgia has placed an order for twenty Proterra 40? Catalyst E2 buses with DuoPower drivetrain technology and fourteen 125 kW Proterra PCS chargers.

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Ohio State named first-year champion in 4-year EcoCAR Mobility Challenge

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Rounding out the top three are Virginia Tech in second place and the University of Alabama in third place. The Ohio State University has been named The EcoCAR Mobility Challenge Year One champion, taking the lead in the premier four-year collegiate engineering competition.

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Honda secures auto industry’s largest renewable energy purchase; 60% reduction in CO2 from N.A. manufacturing operations

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These VPPAs will enable Honda to fully offset the remaining carbon-intensive grid-supplied electricity being used in its Ohio, Indiana, and Alabama automobile manufacturing operations, and will help the company meet its voluntary carbon reduction goal.

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Auburn University leads $2M DOE Co-Optima project to evaluate renewable butyl acetate as diesel fuel additive

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Joining as collaborators in the research are Cornell University, the University of Alabama, Virginia Tech and corporate partners Microvi Biotech Inc. Engineering researchers at Cornell University and the University of Alabama will test diesel fuel blended with BA produced by Auburn researchers.

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More auto plant shutdowns for COVID-19

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Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA) has already suspended production in all areas, for all shifts, on 18 March, following the confirmation of a case of COVID-19 among its workforce. Joining BMW, Ford and FCA in suspension of production in the US due to COVID-19 ( earlier post ) are: Toyota is temporarily suspending production at all of its automobile and components plants in North America, including Canada, Mexico and the US, through 3 April.

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UPS adding 200 more series hybrid delivery trucks

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will be deployed beginning in January 2017 starting in Arizona, Texas, Nevada, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida, and, possibly in other states as well. UPS will add 200 new series hybrid electric delivery trucks to the company’s growing alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet. The vehicles have the same 650cc 2-cylinder engine and E-GEN chassis as the 125 vehicles UPS announced earlier this year. Earlier post.).

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PHEV Day "Off" - Sunday, 5 April 2009. Haven of Rest & Relaxation. Tho Some Battery Maintenance Work Awaits at Gunter plus Lots of Email EVfort!

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EVer while awaiting a media opportunity here in Montgomery, Alabama, "All American Spirit of DC" and EVJerry (202) 486-5450Cheers PHEV3A'rs, EVADC'rs, and EVnthusiasts, One & All, Later, some battery figures will be tallied out. However, even with 2 x BB batteries reading 9.97 volts cold and discharged from Run to Montgomery, the "Spirit" worked out with those two batteries charged up to 13.34 and 13.32 volts!

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PHEV Day 172. Friday, 3 April 2009. The "Spirit of DC" has the 48th State in Sight with a Birmingham Run Today, And Montgomery, Tomorrow!

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And Alabama is the 48th State coming up. Cheers PHEV3A'rs, EVADC'rs, and EVnthusiasts, One & All - The Monday and Tuesday, 30 and 31 March along even 1 "No Kidding" April days have been chocked full of Media activities in Knoxville and Chattanooga. Slowly getting a handle on noting thingies and still expecting others to pitch and report out on this blog. Gotta scoot to Birmingham shortly.

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DOE-sponsored drilling projects demonstrate significant CO2 storage at three sites

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Managed by the Office of Fossil Energy’s (FE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), the site characterization well drilling projects occurred in the resource-rich Black Warrior Basin in northwest Alabama; the Newark Basin, underlying a heavily industrialized region in parts of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania; and the Rock Springs Uplift in southwestern Wyoming, in proximity to some of the state’s largest sources of CO2 emissions.

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Ohio State takes first place in DOE/GM EcoCAR 3 competition

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West Virginia University and University of Alabama teams finished second and third place, respectively. The Ohio State University has taken first place in the final year of EcoCAR 3, an Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition, sponsored by the US Department of Energy (DOE) and General Motors Co. NYSE:GM). This is OSU’s fourth consecutive win. The team earned 895 out of 1000 overall points. Ohio State EcoCAR built a series-parallel plug-in hybrid electric vehicle powered by E85.

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