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Automakers and suppliers on the hunt for trained mechatronics engineers are finding that it's still difficult to locate qualified individuals. Jerry Klarr, director of North American hybrid programs for AVL Powertrain Engineering Inc. in Detroit, MI, states that his firm is:

We've told you about the University of Kansas EcoHawks before. They're a group of engineering students from KU who are trying to build a car that will get 500 miles per gallon-equivalent. One of their ongoing projects is a 1974 Volkswagen Beetle that they've converted to be a series hybrid running on lead-acid batteries. Until recently, the car was charged by a biodiesel-powered generator, the biodiesel being made from waste vegetable oil (WVO) sourced from campus. Now, the mechanical engineerin

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