The University of Wisconsin-Madison placed second in Challenge X, a competition to develop a powerful, fuel-efficient SUV. Unlike many of its competitors, the Wisconsin-Madison team opted to use a diesel
engine instead of a regular gasoline engine. This provided the SUV - a donated Chevrolet Equinox
- with more torque while still maintaining higher gas mileage. The electric part of the hybrid
system also ran continuously: current hybrids only run their electric halves to start the engine, provide additional power, or when the vehicle is moving slowly. The SUV, named "Moovada", had an estimated 35 miles-per-gallon range, far superior to current SUVs' 15 to 25 mpg range. "Moovada" will be competing in 2007 in the third year of the Challenge X competition.
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[Source: TG Daily]