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October 25, 2016
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Laurier students help showcase EcoCAR ahead of final competition

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Apr 5/11

WATERLOO – In the run-up to the final leg of the “EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge” competition, students from Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo will showcase a consumer-acceptable, zero-emissions vehicle and host a panel discussion on green transportation technology. The event takes place April 8 at the University of Waterloo.

Laurier MBA and undergraduate business students are part of the University of Waterloo Alternative Fuels Team (UWAFT), which has re-engineered a vehicle donated by General Motors into a vehicle for the next generation. Laurier students play various strategy, sponsorship, development and management roles on the UWAFT.

“This shows that building a green car is doable,” said Mohanad Elshafie, a Laurier MBA student and co-director of Outreach and Business Strategy for UWAFT. “At the event, we will be talking about the vehicle, which runs on hydrogen and electricity, and the EcoCAR competition overall.”

UWAFT is among 16 university teams – and only one of three Canadian teams – participating in the North American-wide EcoCAR competition, which is in its third and final year. The final challenge will be held the first two weeks of June. Part of the challenge is to significantly reduce the tailpipe emissions of the vehicle while maintaining or improving the vehicle’s performance, safety and consumer acceptability.

In addition to showcasing UWAFT’s vehicle, the April 8 event will include a panel discussion featuring Member of Parliament Peter Braid, Member of Provincial Parliament Elizabeth Witmer and City of Waterloo Mayor Brenda Halloran. Participants will be speaking about the role that the government can play in advancing green automotive technology in Canada and in the Region of Waterloo.

“For alternative-fuel vehicles to be on the road, the infrastructure needs to be in place,” said Elshafie. “We wanted to show the role of the government and what is taking place at federal, provincial and local levels.”

The April 8 event will be held at the University of Waterloo, Engineering 5 Building, Student Design Centre, from noon to 2 p.m. For more information, please contact Mohanad Elshafie at


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