Ohio State University Students Work To Make Gas-Powered Vehicles Obsolete


UPDATED: Thursday January 24, 2013 5:15 PM

Ohio State University students are using an experimental battery that could power your next vehicle.

The automotive engineering students have stripped down a new Chevrolet Malibu and are putting in a new lithium-ion battery.

When finished, the Eco-Car will not run on gas at all – only electricity.

The team leader said that the battery is similar to the Chevy Volt but is more energy efficient.

“It is even better than older versions of hybrids and electric cars,” said team leader Amanda Hyde. “They give you more capacity, so you can do further distances on electric only, with no engine use at all. And that’s really where the technology is heading in the future.”

When the team is finished, the battery-powered car will compete against those developed by teams at 14 other schools to see which vehicle performs the best.

The contest is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.

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