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Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions

North America's Premier Collegiate Automotive Engineering Competitions

Managed by Argonne National Laboratory

About AVTCs

We are North America’s premier collegiate automotive engineering competitions. Established in 1988 as a partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy and Argonne National Laboratory, the Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions engage middle school- through higher-ed-aged students in STEM education, creating a pipeline for workforce development and future automotive engineers. With more than 30,000 alumni in the industry, AVTCs build a diverse workforce to help maintain the U.S.’ competitive edge in the global automotive marketplace. 

Just The Facts

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Year History

For 35 years, AVTCs have provided students with real-world, hands-on experience tackling the latest engineering challenges.

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Educational Institutions

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

30,000

Alumni

AVTCs have seeded more than 30,000 graduates into industry, helping the U.S. maintain its competitive edge in the global automotive marketplace.

Collegiate Competitions

EcoCAR EV Challenge Logo

A four-year AVTC challenging 15 North American universities to engineer a next-generation battery-electric vehicle utilizing automation and vehicle-to-everything connectivity to implement energy-efficient, customer-pleasing features and meet the automotive industry’s decarbonization needs.

Battery Workforce Challenge Logo

A three-year immersive engineering competition that challenges North American universities and their community college partners to design, build, test and integrate an advanced EV battery pack into a Stellantis vehicle. Teams gain valuable engineering skills that transcend the classroom environment.

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.

Recent AVTC News

Batt News

Overall Engineering Management award-winner Owen Schrieber credits UA & Shelton State BattChallenge teammates’ ‘hard work’

July 12, 2024
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Batt News

Borgerson brings technical expertise to OSU & CSCC’s BattChallenge team

July 11, 2024
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EcoCAR News

Celebrating Community Impact: Illinois Tech joins Pitch in for the Parks

July 5, 2024
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Batt News

OSU & CSCC team’s David DeLisle takes home Overall Project Management Award

July 2, 2024
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Batt News

Outstanding Faculty Advisor for a Vocational School Award ‘validation’ for winning OSU & CSCC BattChallenge team

July 1, 2024
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Green Garage Blogs

Green Garage Blog

JSU & Hinds BattChallenge team to receive donated powerwall

July 9, 2024
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Batt Challenge

Colorado School of Mines & Arapahoe Community College BattChallenge team’s breaking barriers one career at a time

July 2, 2024
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EcoCAR

NXP Sponsors EcoCAR EV Challenge: Empowering Future Automotive Innovators

July 1, 2024
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Batt Challenge

Clemson University’s Battery Workforce Challenge class receives significant interest

June 25, 2024
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Batt Challenge

Empowering tomorrow’s female leaders at Cal State LA

June 18, 2024
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Upcoming Events

EcoCAR Events

EcoCAR Year 3 Fall Workshop

AVTC EventsEcoCAR EV Challenge Events

October 3 @ 8:00 am

The EcoCAR EV Challenge Year 2 Fall Workshop will take place this fall. Details to be released soon!

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BattChallenge Events

BattChallenge Year 2 Fall Workshop

Battery Workforce Challenge

October 31

The Battery Workforce Challenge Year Two Fall Workshop will be held Oct. 31-Nov. 2. More information coming soon.

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