pvc Propane Vehicle Challenge

Background

The Propane Vehicle Challenge (PVC), held between 1995 and 1997, focused on converting 1996 Chrysler Minivans into dedicated propane vehicles, while maintaining the performance that consumers expected from gasoline vehicles.

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Innovations & Highlights

Competition goals were to develop advanced propane vehicle technology, achieve ultra-low emission vehicle (ULEV) standards, attain a minimum range of 250 miles, and demonstrate performance equal to or better than that of an equivalent gasoline-fueled vehicle.

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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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