Student transform car into hybrid vehicle

Students transform car into a hybrid vehicle.
Students transform car into a hybrid vehicle.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Several Purdue students have put their engineering skills to the test to transform a Chevy Malibu into a hybrid car.

Purdue Ecomakers are one of 15 competitors in North America competiting in the EcoCar2 challenge.

The three-year competition sponsored by General Motors and the U.S. Department of Energy asks competitors to make the most eco-friendly car without compromising its performance.

One Purdue student said GM will incorporate the research to develop a new vehicle.

“The great thing about this competition is General Motors uses our research that we’ve done here at Purdue, as well as the research with other universities across the nation. Then they take all of that research we have done in order to create a hybrid vehicle of their own,” said Alexandra Johnson, EcoMakers communication manager.

In June, students will travel to Washington, D.C. to have their car judged with the winning school receiving a grant for continued research. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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