UI students design car that could reach 100 mpg

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Urbana, Ill. (AP) -- You think a car averaging 40 miles per gallon is fuel efficient? Think again.

 

A team of University of Illinois students has designed a car that could reach 100 miles per gallon.

 

The students will present their car in an international competition sponsored by the oil giant Shell in Houston starting Thursday.

 

The car seats two people and uses a hydrogen fuel cell. Its carbon-fiber chassis weighs less than 70 pounds.

 

The team developed the car with a $56,000 budget. They have received support from the university's College of Engineering and several corporations.

 

The vehicle will have to complete six miles at a minimum average speed of 15 miles per hour around downtown Houston as part of the competition.

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