Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions

North America's Premier Collegiate Automotive Engineering Competitions

Managed by Argonne National Laboratory

About AVTCs

Established in 1988 by the U.S. Department of Energy and Argonne National Laboratory in partnership with the automotive industry, Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions (AVTCs) are North America’s premier collegiate automotive engineering competitions and DOE’s flagship workforce development program for future automotive engineers. AVTCs engage students from middle school through higher education, creating a pipeline that both encourages students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and has seeded more than 30,000 graduates into industry, helping to build the diverse workforce needed for the U.S. to be competitive in the global marketplace.


Year History

For 35 years, AVTCs have provided students with real-world, hands-on experience tackling the challenges associated with building more fuel-efficient vehicles.


Educational Institutions

Students from nearly 100 North American educational institutions have participated in AVTCs



AVTCs have seeded more than 30,000 graduates into industry, helping to build the diverse workforce needed for the U.S. to be competitive in the global marketplace.

Recent News


Ready, set, goat: Mathworks’ Speedgoat training readying EcoCAR teams for industry

October 4, 2023

The hum of the 2023 Cadillac LYRIQ’s motor will be music to the EcoCAR EV Challenge teams’ ears. In this four-year collegiate automotive engineering competition, students will disassemble the Cadillac […]

Green Garage Blog

GT Unveils the 2023 Cadillac LYRIQ at SCC Kickoff

September 20, 2023

Last week the Georgia Tech EcoCAR Team unveiled the long-awaited Cadillac LYRIQ at the yearly Student Competition Center (SCC) Kickoff. This event invites each SCC team to the Georgia Tech [...]


Where Are They Now: Ryan Alexander

July 13, 2023

Only a select few participants of Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions (AVTCs) can reflect on their time as a student, organizer, AND sponsor. Included in these few exceptions is Ryan Alexander, [...]


EcoCAR Equity in Mobility: Community Challenge

June 30, 2023

From mobility infrastructure to passenger vehicle design, the Equity in Mobility: Community Challenge, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, charged EcoCAR students with researching issues that impact local underserved [...]


EcoCAR Excellence in Leadership

June 22, 2023

The EcoCAR Excellence in Leadership Award recognizes the skills that are critical for engineers, project managers and communicators to be successful within the EcoCAR project and throughout their careers. This [...]


Dr. Juan Calderon Receives Outstanding Faculty Award

June 12, 2023

The Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award recognizes exceptional efforts made by EcoCAR Faculty members who have positively integrated EcoCAR goals, objectives, and activities into their university’s undergraduate engineering curriculum, how they [...]

Introducing the latest AVTC:

EcoCAR EV Challenge Logo

About the EcoCAR EV Challenge

The latest AVTC series, the EcoCAR EV Challenge (EcoCAR), will challenge 15 North American universities to engineer a next generation battery electric vehicle (BEV) that utilizes automation and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) connectivity to implement energy efficient...

EV Challenge Sponsors

Sponsors provide the hardware, software, training, and support the teams need to integrate technologies into their competition vehicles. This arrangement gives students access to components and systems that might otherwise be unavailable or too expensive...

Green Garage Blog

Stay up-to-date on the latest AVTC news by following along on the Green Garage Blog. The blog features stories highlighting various elements of AVTCs, including stories written by students that highlight team updates & achievements.

Events & Announcements

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Upcoming Events

EcoCAR Year 2 Fall Workshop

October 5 @ 8:00 am

The EcoCAR EV Challenge Year 2 Fall Workshop will take place from October 5-7, 2023 at the MathWorks Headquarters in Natick, MA. During the workshop, teams will receive a wide [...]

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Are you looking participate in the ultimate educational engineering experience? With AVTC, you are participating in a high-profile, hands-on project where you’re following real-world processes and working in an interdisciplinary environment. This experience fuels your...

K-12 Educators

EcoCAR teams will be planning and hosting youth outreach events beginning this fall. The Communications Managers will be developing hands-on EcoCAR STEM educational activities for students k-12 and will be provided to all educators in...


Since 1988, more than 30,000 students have graduated from the Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC) program. AVTC graduates from 13 different series have gone on to work in various areas of the automotive industry all...


Sponsors provide hardware, software, training, and mentorship to support the teams in the development of their competition vehicles. Sponsors are able to observe how their technology performs during rigorous and innovative use. They also have...

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