For those interested in the EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge competition (for background, please see this post) please note that there will be an EcoCAR phone conference to discuss the RFP and answer other questions. This phone conference will take place on Tuesday, January 22nd at 11:00 AM Eastern Time. If you would like the dial-in information you can send an e-mail to news <at> greenvc.org.
EcoCAR is open to all accredited engineering schools in North America and DOE and GM expect to select 16 teams for the competition in April, 2008. Each team will receive a GM production vehicle, $10,000 in seed money, a wide range of powertrain components, and technical and mentoring support from the competition sponsors. Responses to the EcoCAR RFP are due by March 3rd, 2008.
"This is one competition where everyone is a winner," said Ed Wall, manager of the Vehicle Technologies Program, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy. "EcoCAR demonstrates how government, industry and academia are working together to develop creative approaches and solutions to decreasing total emissions and energy consumption in some of America's most popular vehicles."