Chemical Cars Compete at Salt Palace

Chemical Cars Compete at Salt Palace

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(KSL News) Students from 31 universities across the U.S. were at the Salt Palace today to see if they could make cars move without fuel.

The Chem-E-Car competition challenged engineering students to build shoebox-sized cars and power them with nothing but chemical reactions from things like water.

They had to move a certain payload a specified distance, but they didn't know those specifications until an hour before the competition.

Last year's team won with a car named "Coki" that was powered by a hydrogen fuel cell.

The top five winning colleges are as follows:

  1. The Cooper Union - fuel: baking soda and vinegar
  2. Carnegie Mellon University - fuel: copper zinc battery
  3. University of Oklahoma - hydrogen peroxide and potassium permanganate
  4. Louisiana State University
  5. Bucknell University

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