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MSU students tops in 'EcoCAR' competition

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) – A future hybrid vehicle developed by students at Mississippi State University has won the second annual international EcoCAR competition to design a greener, more fuel-efficient vehicle.

Students had said hybrid technology used a diesel engine paired with an electric motor. They say the engine helps charge the batteries. They said the vehicle could travel about 50 miles in all-electric mode plus about another 150 miles with the diesel engine.

It is the third time in four years that a team from MSU has won such a competition.

The winners of were announced Thursday in San Diego. Sixteen teams were entered.

The three-year contest challenges university teams to improve an existing, donated General Motors vehicle’s fuel usage and its emissions while preserving its usability, safety and the way it performs.

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