Media Advisory - Student Innovators Design Cars for a Greener Future

        Three Canadian University Teams Competing for Top EcoCAR Design at
               North American Challenge Finals Held in Toronto

    Canadian Team, University of Victoria Currently Leads the Competition

    TORONTO, June 10 /CNW/ - This week, teams participating in the collegiate
engineering competition, EcoCAR: the NeXt Challenge, will meet in Toronto to
compete head-to-head for the recognition of top green vehicle design. Canadian
universities: University of Waterloo, Ontario Institute of Technology and
University of Victoria are participating in this challenge against 14 American
student teams. Even though judging is not finished until the end of the week,
University of Victoria currently leads the competition.
    The week long celebration of innovation and green vehicle technology will
culminate in a final press conference on Friday, June 12th where one team will
be named the first year competition EcoCAR Design Winner based on their
innovative green designs and virtual models. All qualifying student teams will
embark on the second phase of the three-year Challenge turning their cutting
edge design simulations into reality.

    -   Winners Announced - Press Conference

           -   When: Friday June 12, 11:45 a.m.
           -   Where: Sheraton Centre, Innovation Theatre, 123 Queen Street
               Who: Speakers, which include Lisa Raitt, Minister of Natural
               Resources Canada; John Lushetsky, Acting Deputy Assistant
               Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy; and Mark Maher,
               Executive Director of Powertrain Integration at GM Powertrain,
               will announce the top 3 Design Winners and will be presenting
               students with keys to their Saturn VUE to begin the physical
               stage of the competition. Speakers and Student teams will be
               available for interviews during the event.

    EcoCAR, which was established through a partnership between the U.S.
Department of Energy (DOE) and General Motors (GM), as well as a number of
other high-level sponsors, is a three-year collegiate advanced vehicle
technology engineering competition. By combining government resources and
industry knowledge, EcoCAR aims to inspire and support the next generation of
scientists and engineers to unite around the common goal of sustainable

    Headline Sponsors: The U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors
    Diamond Sponsors: The Government of Canada and The California Air
Resources Board.
    Platinum Sponsors: A123 Systems, Inc, dSPACE, National Instruments, The
Mathworks, Freescale Semiconductor, AVL Powertrain Engineering, Inc, and The
Environmental Protection Agency.
    2009 Event Sponsors: The Ontario Government, Ontario Centres of
Excellence, Ontario Power Authority and the City of Toronto.

    Participating Schools: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Georgia
Tech, Howard University, Michigan Technological University, Mississippi State
University, Missouri University of Science and Technology, North Carolina
State University, The Ohio State University, Ontario Institute of Technology,
Pennsylvania State University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Texas Tech
University, University of Victoria, University of Waterloo, University of
Wisconsin, Virginia Tech and West Virginia University.

For further information:

For further information: Katherine Clark, Cathy Cowan, Cowan & Company,
(416) 462-8773 ext. 55 or

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