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MSU students win stage 2 of EcoCAR challenge with 118 MPGe plug-in hybrid

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If you take a group of talented college kids and set them loose to re-engineer a vehicle for ultimate efficiency, the end result can look like the 2010 EcoCAR challenge-winning entry from Mississippi State University (MSU), pictured above. Twenty students from the university dedicated a lot of time and effort to create the ultra-efficient plug-in hybrid. This year's EcoCAR competition is stage two of a three-stage, three-year long event.

MSU's vehicle not only won this year's competition, it literally blew everyone else away. Of the sixteen entrants, MSU scored 844 out of 1,000 possible points. The next closest competitor managed only 691 total points. MSU's re-engineered plug-in hybrid posts numbers that would be remarkable for any automaker and are downright ridiculous for a team of college kids. The vehicle has an electric range of 60 miles and managed to return 118 miles per gallon equivalent throughout the competition. The university is looking ahead to stage three, scheduled for next year, and remains optimistic of a repeat win. Follow the jump to watch highlights of the event.

[Source: Mississippi State University]

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