hev HEV Challenge

Background

The Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) Challenge, conducted annually for three years, was an intercollegiate competition created by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Society of Automotive Engineering (SAE). The HEV Challenge began with 18 Ford Escorts and 12 Ground-Up vehicles in 1993, 12 Saturn SL2 sedans were added in 1994, and 12 Dodge Neons were added in the 1995 HEV Challenge.

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Innovations & Highlights

HEV Challenge was a significant project because it put a considerable number of prototype HEVs on the road. Engineers from 51 different colleges and universities modeled and studied the capabilities of hybrid electric drivetrains over three years, which set performance benchmarks and demonstrated the potential of future vehicle technology.

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Universities Involved

Since the beginning, more than 93 universities across North America and 16,500 students have participated in AVTCs. Each year, 200-500 students join forces in AVTCs mission of educating the next generation of automotive engineers and advancing state-of-the-art fuels and vehicle technologies.

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Winners & Awards

Each year, university teams compete in a variety of static and dynamic events that range from oral presentations to on-road vehicle testing to communications and business tactics. These static and dynamic events are judged by industry sponsors and professionals, both throughout the year and in-person at the year-end competition.

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Sponsors

Sponsors provide the hardware, software, training, and support the teams need to integrate technologies into their competition vehicles.

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Media

Take a look back at the competition by reading previous press coverage, program materials and documents, publications, videos, and photos in the news and media section!

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