Students from Virginia Tech University took top honors  when they were named the overall winners of EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge after designing and building an exceptional extended-range electric vehicle (EREV) using E85 (ethanol). Taking second place, also with an E85 EREV was The Ohio State University . The University of Waterloo took third place with a hydrogen fuel cell plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.  Virginia Tech competed against 15 other universities to take home the top prize of the three-year competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors (GM).

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