|Purdue team developing 'green' |
car for competition
The Purdue Ecomakers are putting their collective minds to work in an effort to create the ideal "green" vehicle of the future.
The team, comprised of 48 undergraduate and graduate students, is attempting to modify and design a hybrid electric powertrain in a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu without compromising performance, safety and consumer acceptability.
"It's a rewarding challenge," said Haley Moore, a Purdue graduate student and the team's project manager. "I am very happy with the students and with how well the team's been doing."
The team is competing in EcoCar2: Plugging In To The Future, a three-year competition established by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors. It challenges 15 universities across North America to improve fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles.
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House and Senate Pass Transportation Reauthorization Bill
On Friday, the House and Senate both passed a new two-year $105 billion surface transportation reauthorization bill. The measure, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), H.R. 4348, passed the House 373-52, while the Senate passed the measure by a 74-19 vote. The bill now goes to the President for his signature.
Natural gas powers Ozinga trucks
Bottom-line finances may be the driving force that ultimately changes the way businesses, government bodies and even individuals look at foreign-oil consumption.
That was the case for Mokena, Ill.,-based Ozinga Ready Mix Concrete Inc. At the end of 2011, the company finished replacing 13 rear-mixing ready-mix diesel concrete trucks in Illinois with a fleet fueled by compressed natural gas.
At a press conference with South Shore Clean Cities on June 28, Ozinga unveiled it's first front-mixing compressed natural gas ready-mix truck in Indiana.
Energy Outlook: The Future of Natural Gas in Vehicle Fueling Webinar
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