* WHO :* Members of West Virginia University’s Challenge X team
* WHAT :* Presentation of a Chevrolet Equinox
* WHEN :* Monday, July 18, 2 p.m.
* WHERE :* University Motors
* DETAILS :* West Virginia University is one of 17 North American schools participating in Challenge X, a next-generation hybrid vehicle competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, General Motors and others. Participating teams will re-engineer a Chevrolet Equinox to reduce energy consumption and decrease emissions while maintaining the sport utility vehicle’s performance and other features. Acquiring the keys to the vehicles is the participants’first step in putting their designs in place and transforming the SUVs into lean,”green”driving machines. The competition gives students hands-on experience in automotive design and can lead to jobs with leading automakers. Students competing in Challenge X are part of a broad effort within the industry to improve fuel efficiency in SUVs, which remain popular among consumers despite soaring gas prices.