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Posted on Mon, Oct 24, 2011 : 1:07 p.m.

Automakers partner with U-M solar car team to develop green technology

By Cindy Heflin


The University of Michigan solar car team celebrates at the official finish line in Adelaide, Australia Friday.

University of Michigan photo

The Detroit Three automakers have partnered with the University of Michigan Solar Car Team in hopes of developing environmentally friendly technology, the Detroit Free Press reported.

The team, driving its vehicle Quantum, placed third in the World Solar Challenge race in Australia last week.

The auto companies provided the team with manufactured parts and the use of testing grounds, according to the article. Engineers from Ford, General Motors and Chrysler hope the solar car project will eventually lead to improvements in battery life and aerodynamics, as well as other technological advancements, the newspaper reported.