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COLUMBIA, MO (AP) - University of Missouri engineering students are entering their third made-from-scratch hydrogen-powered street car in an upcoming competition in Houston.

The hydrogen vehicle team expects Tigergen III to reach the equivalent of 500 miles per gallon at the Shell Eco-Marathon next week in Houston. The event challenges student teams from around the world to design, build and test energy-efficient vehicles. They compete on a 6-mile stretch for 25 minutes.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reportsthat the nearly finished Tigergen III is bigger than its predecessor and has an improved fuel system. Tigergen III will compete in the Urban Concept hydrogen class. That's the same category Tigergen II competed in for two years; last year, it took a first-place award.

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Information from: Columbia Daily Tribune, http://www.columbiatribune.com

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