Living Green

Feb 25, 2010 6:02 PM by Bethany Tucker

Cal Poly students busy working on green vehicle for 2010 EcoMarathon

A group of Cal Poly engineering students will soon be up against the brightest minds of North and South America, for the 2010 Shell Eco-Marathon.

The competition is all about creating a vehicle that can go the farthest distance, using the least amount of energy. Last year, Cal Poly's team came in second place, with their vehicle achieving more than 2,300 miles to the gallon.

This year, the team is competing in a different division. They're developing an "urban concept vehicle" that is more practical. They compare it to a smart car, and hope it'll achieve 500 miles to the gallon. "We're just looking at the concepts behind the car," said Gabe Mountjoy, the project manager for this year's team, "these could be applied to a larger car anytime, with a little bit of additional safety."

This year's competition takes place in Houston. Another different aspect to the competition is that participants will be testing out their cars on real roadways around the Houston Convention Center. The competition begins March 26th.

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