Green Machines To Invade Michigan's Far North 1-19-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Green Machines To Invade Michigan's Far North 1-19-2011

HOUGHTON, Mich.A squad of snowmobiles soon will bring a lot of green to the white trails of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
Michigan Technological University said Tuesday that a record number of electric snowmobiles have signed up for March's Clean Snowmobile Challenge.
The Houghton university hosts the collegiate design competition of the Society of Automotive Engineers.
Twenty teams from 15 universities across the northern U.S. and Canada are participating in the event from March 7-12, which includes the Endurance Run north to Copper Harbor.
Thirteen teams are participating in the internal combustion division and seven in the zero-emissions category for battery-powered sleds.
The internal combustion snowmobiles are tested for noise, emissions and fuel economy and the zero-emission sleds for how far they can go on a charge and how much they can pull.
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