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THURSDAY: Secretary Chu Welcomes Students and Tours Vehicles at EcoCAR's Finish Line

June 15, 2011 - 12:00am



Washington, D.C. - On Thursday, June 16, 2011, Energy Secretary Steven Chu will welcome the sponsors and 16 student teams participating in EcoCAR: the NeXt Challenge, a three-year collegiate student engineering competition that focuses on advanced vehicle technologies that minimize fuel consumption and emissions, to the Finish Line at the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C.  At the Finish Line, Secretary Chu will tour the vehicles on display and speak with the students who engineered and built them. 

The winner of the overall competition will be announced at the EcoCAR Finals Awards Ceremony on Thursday evening at the Library of Congress. Ron Bloom, the Assistant to the President for Manufacturing Policy, is expected to attend the Awards Ceremony.

The EcoCAR program provides the education and support to create the next-generation of advanced auto workers that will continue to support a robust vehicle industry in the U.S. for years to come.  For more information about EcoCAR, please visit

Media wishing to attend should contact Jena Coletti ( or 617-275-6528) or Kimberly DeClark ( or 202-441-0096).


WHAT: EcoCAR: the NeXt Challenge Finish Line
WHEN: Thursday, June 16, 2011

10:00 - 10:30 AM

WHERE: U.S. Department of Energy

L'Enfant Promenade

1000 Independence Avenue SW

Washington, D.C.

Media contact(s):

DOE Public Affairs - (202) 586-4940