300% More Efficient Saturn Vue Wins EcoCAR Challenge

2009 EcoCAR Vue

Jorge Chapa from Inhabitat.com: Ohio State University recently took top honors in the 2009 EcoCAR Competition, which challenged students across the US and Canada to redesign a standard Saturn Vue into an ultra-efficient vehicle. Their winning EcoCAR utilizes a lithium battery and an ethanol-fueled engine to achieve an incredible 300% increase in fuel efficiency over its standard model counterpart! The vehicle took plenty of man hours, good design and well-honed math skills, but the end result proves that future-forward vehicles can be built with the technology of today. The Ohio State University vehicle is an EREV powered by a 1.85 liter engine fueled by E85 ethanol, with lithium ion battery technology and plug-in capability.

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Lutz: Possible Phaseout of Saturn in the Works Well Before Congressional Review

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Detroit Free Press columnist Tom Walsh: Even the possible phaseout of GM's Saturn division, Lutz said, was in the works well before Congress demanded that GM produce a so-called viability plan by December 2 to show it can become self-sufficient and pay back its loans. Saturn has its best-reviewed product lineup in years, including the Aura sedan.