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July 06, 2012

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UVic Plugs Into The Future With EcoCar 2

The road to the future of fuel-efficient, low-emission cars starts at the University of Victoria where engineering students are ready to transform a Chevrolet Malibu for the EcoCar 2: Plugging into the Future competition. UVic is one of only two Canadian universities participating in the three-year North American challenge to build a next-generation car that has less impact on the environment by using a General Motors-donated vehicle to design, test and refine new technology.
On July 9, you can view the car, talk to the team and learn more about the EcoCAR 2 competition when the Chevy Malibu and the students will be in front of the McPherson Library at 11 a.m. UVic Vice-President Research Howard Brunt will be checking out the vehicle as will Victoria Mayor Dean Fortin, who is known for his interest in sustainability initiatives.
“We’re excited that UVic students have this opportunity to apply leading-edge research in a hands-on situation. Working on innovations for a more sustainable future is something we can all be proud of,” says Brunt.
The 15 university teams competing in EcoCAR 2 recently met for six days of judging in Los Angeles where UVic received several awards. Now that the teams’ design and modeling are finalized, students will spend the next two years rebuilding, testing and refining their vehicles. In 2009, UVic placed second overall in the inaugural EcoCAR competition.

EcoCAR 2 is sponsored by General Motors and the US Department of Energy. Natural Resources Canada is also supporting the competition.

For more information visit www.ecocar.uvic.ca and the competition’s website http://www.ecocar2.org/.


  Media Contacts:

Dan Prescott (EcoCAR 2 student team leader) at 250-686-7099

Stefan Kaban (EcoCAR 2 team member and former team leader) at 250-472-5905

Denise Helm (UVic Communications) at 250-721-7656 or dhelm@uvic.ca


UVic History Prof has Eye on US Elections

Jason Colby, a professor of modern American history and US foreign relations at the University of Victoria, has his eye on the US elections, something he’s spoken about in the media in the past. As an expat American with a PhD from Cornell University, he closely follows the political currents of his native country.

“This election will be critical for the United States, not only for the future of health care, but the broader direction of US domestic and foreign policy. If Obama wins, he may succeed in restoring some sense of shared responsibility through a strengthened American welfare state. If he loses, he risks becoming a blip in the country’s three-decade-long shift to the right.”


  Media Contacts:

Phil Saunders (UVic Communications) at 250-721-6139 or psaunder@uvic.ca
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