Why Should You Get Involved?
Today’s automotive industry is facing unprecedented growth and opportunity. Personal transportation in North America and around the world is undergoing the greatest design changes in the history of the automotive industry. The engineers of tomorrow will need to design a new generation of vehicles with technologies that are more advanced, innovative, and energy-efficient than ever before.
EcoCAR students and faculty have the unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience following a real-world vehicle development process to solve complex engineering challenges. Participants gain access to millions of dollars of cutting-edge software tools and components and top industry subject matter experts that enable them to develop innovations and technologies that will push the industry forward.
Sponsors gain the opportunity to donate their products and resources to the program and recruit top engineering talent that has experience working with their products. Sponsors also get valuable networking time with other government and industry sponsors and the opportunity to showcase their products in this unique collaborative environment. They also gain International visibility and the opportunity to contribute to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.
Since 1988, the U.S. Department of Energy has sponsored AVTCs in partnership with the domestic automotive industry to stimulate the development and demonstration of advanced powertrain and alternative fuel technologies, and seed the automotive industry with thousands of graduates with hands-on, real-world experience in advanced vehicle technologies. Argonne National Laboratory, a DOE research and development facility, has administered the DOE AVTC program since its start.
- Reduce energy consumption and criteria tailpipe emissions
- Reduce well-to-wheel greenhouse emissions
- Maintain consumer acceptability in the areas of performance, utility, and safety
- Meet energy and environmental goals, while considering cost and innovation
Participation in AVTCs is determined by a proposal process, which is open to accredited engineering schools in Canada, Mexico, and the United States.
Proposals for the current AVTC series, EcoCAR 3, were submitted in December 2013 and selected universities were announced in April 2014. If you are interested in learning more about future AVTCs, including the next series which will launch in 2018, please sign up here to be added to the database. The Request for Proposal for the next AVTC series will likely be released in Summer/Fall 2017.