UC Davis is the latest entrant to the upcoming Challenge X, a competition to develop a fuel-efficient SUV sponsored by the Department of Energy and General Motors. The UC Davis team's entry, called Trinity, is a modified Chevrolet Equinox whose batteries solely power the SUV for 50 miles before switching to the gasoline-electric hybrid system. A fuel cell powers secondary electrical systems such as air-conditioning.
While the bulk of Trinity's specialized equipment is either donated or came from the junk yard, the batteries, which can be recharged by any standard outlet, are prototypes. The team is working feverishly to bring Trinity to the competition next month at GM's Proving Grounds in Phoenix, Arizona.

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[Source: Daily Democrat Online]

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