By Erika Matich | University Communications
DENVER – Engineering students from the University of Colorado Denver are taking on a challenge to design, build and test the most fuel efficient car possible. It’s the first time a team from the College of Engineering and Applied Science has taken part in the Shell Eco-marathon.
The marathon is being held in Houston beginning today. The winners of the competition will be the teams that go the farthest using the least amount of energy.
CU Denver’s team is called Mile Highdrogen Project. The car is made of carbon fiber and runs from the electricity generated by a hydrogen fuel stack.
Members of the Mile Highdrogen Project are Tony Nguyen, Keith Nguyen, Loi Ngo, Michael Dennison, Marcel Sorel and Mark Maceda. Their faculty advisor is Associate Professor Ron Rorrer.
Cars in the challenge can get as many as 2,500 miles per gallon. Since this is the first time CU Denver is taking part, Nguyen says the team will be satisfied with 2,000 miles per gallon.
The team received a $14,000 grant from the Sustainable Campus Program to help pay for the project. The budget for designing and building the car was about $12,000.
All together, 115 teams are taking part in the Eco-marathon.
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