Student Hybrid Enters Competition

A hybrid vehicle built by students at the University of California, Davis, will drive from Hockenheim, Germany to Paris, France between Sept. 22 and 25 as part of the Challenge Bibendum, a competition run by tire manufacturer Michelin to promote new technology in automobiles. UC Davis is the only university represented among 70 participants including auto industry giants Ford, DaimlerChryser and Honda. The UC Davis vehicle, “Coulomb,” is a Mercury Sable converted to a gas-electric hybrid engine with a continuously variable transmission. Coulomb is designed to achieve fuel economy of over 50 miles per gallon and acceleration of zero to 60 miles per hour in 11 seconds while meeting California’s Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle standards.
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