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Challenge X

This is Challenge X, an effort by General Motors Corp., the federal government and 17 universities to develop alternatives to the gasoline-fueled internal combustion engine that powers most of the vehicles on the road in America today. (Stephen Osman, Los Angeles Times)
The competition, which ends in May, is a chance for engineering students to get experience designing and using propulsion technologies that go beyond what is available in many engineering schools: biodiesels, plug-in hybrids, hydrogen fuel cells, E85 ethanol and various combinations thereof. (Stephen Osman, Los Angeles Times)
GM supplied the vehicles, tech support and some funding. The Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory provided expertise and advice. (Stephen Osman, Los Angeles Times)
The teams have been working on their entries for three years. The challenge: to re-engineer an Equinox to increase fuel economy and reduce emissions while retaining its “consumer appeal.” (Stephen Osman, Los Angeles Times)