EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge, the Next GreenTech Legacy

When it comes to a cleaner, more efficient and nationally independent energy future, everyone in the U.S. has some skin in the game. We all want to leave a better world for the next generation and the environment is near, or at, the very top of everyone's list of concerns. Innovation, inspiration, opportunity and legacy are watchwords for any great story, and the GreenTech revolution has all those and more. 

Right now, we’re in the midst of an evolving story around our nation’s younger generation taking control of their future, assuming an active role in everything from politics and legislation to the GreenTech revolution.  With the 2009 presidential election as the perfect example, it’s clear that Gen Y-ers want to make a difference. 

This week, we had the privilege of helping to tell a piece of this story, one that we believe will have a lasting impact on engineering, the U.S. auto industry and the future of GreenTech.  EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge, a U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors initiative, brought together 17 collegiate teams in a contest to design and engineer the next generation of fuel efficient cars.  The teams unveiled their green designs at the Washington D.C. Auto show through The Green Garage, a virtual portal that we think symbolizes the spirit of invention behind the project and lays the foundation for a true GreenTech legacy.  But you don't have to take our word for it; check out the story here and decide for yourself.

Update: Yesterday, at the Washington Auto Show in Washington D.C., General Colin Powell stopped by to say hello to the EcoCar students!