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TODAY: Secretary Chu and GM to Hold Conference Call with Virginia Tech

June 17, 2011 - 12:00am



Washington, D.C. - Today, Energy Secretary Steven Chu will join Kent Helfrich, Executive Director of electronic controls and software at General Motors (GM), on a conference call to congratulate Virginia Tech as the overall winners of EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge. Students from Virginia Tech will join the call to discuss the real world experience they gained in the program and the winning fuel-efficient vehicle they designed and built.

Sixteen schools competed in the EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge, a three-year collegiate student engineering competition - sponsored by the Department of Energy and GM - that focuses on advanced vehicle technologies that minimize fuel consumption and emissions.

For more information about EcoCAR, please visit


WHO: Secretary of Energy Steven Chu

Kent Helfrich, Executive Director, Electronic Controls and Software, GM

Students from Virginia Tech, winners of EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge

WHAT: Press Conference Call
WHEN: Friday, June 17, 2011

11:00 AM EDT

RSVP: Please contact Niketa Kumar at to receive call-in information.

Media contact(s):

(202) 586-4940