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.

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Year History

For 34 years, AVTCs have provided students with real-world, hands-on experience tackling the challenges associated with building more fuel-efficient vehicles.

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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 to build the diverse workforce needed for the U.S. to be competitive in the global marketplace.

Recent News

Green Garage Blog

FutureTruck Alumni Lead the EcoCAR EV Challenge at UC Davis

November 20, 2022

Futuretruck alumni lead the ecoCAR EV Challenge as Faculty at UC Davis Written By: Lauren B. Taylor AVTCs have a rich history in engaging students and preparing them for entering […]

Green Garage Blog

From Administrator to Advisor: Dr. Brian Woerner Jumps Into WVU EcoCAR

November 17, 2022

From Administrator to Advisor: Dr. Brian Woerner Jumps Into WVU EcoCAR Written by: Kaycee Kiser Every team in the EcoCAR EV Challenge would not be where they are without the [...]

Youth Outreach

UC Riverside’s EcoCAR Team Debuts at Community & K-12 Events

November 15, 2022

UC Riverside’s EcoCAR Team Debuts at Community & K-12 Events Written by: Trang Bui Communications Manager The City of Riverside in California, also known as The City of Arts and [...]

Faculty Feature

Illinois Tech Faculty Leads Innovation

November 11, 2022

Illinois Institute of Technology is joining the EcoCAR EV Challenge as a new participating university. The Illinois Tech EcoCAR team is led by three outstanding faculty members: Professor of Electrical [...]

AVTC News

Announcing New EcoCAR EV Challenge Sponsors

November 4, 2022

Announcing new EcoCAR EV Challenge Sponsors: Dataspeed Inc. and tesa tape! Dataspeed Inc. Dataspeed Inc., located in Metro Detroit, provides complete autonomous research and development vehicle integrations that allow engineers [...]

Green Garage Blog

Welcome to MSU EcoCAR’s Crib

November 2, 2022

Written by: Chloe Madison, MSU Communications Manager Welcome to MSU EcoCAR’s crib! We are so excited to showcase our garage and all the equipment that we are so fortunate to [...]

Introducing the latest AVTC:

EcoCAR EV Challenge Logo

2022 - 2026

The EcoCAR EV Challenge challenges 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 and customer-pleasing features, while meeting the decarbonization need of the automotive industry.

The competition kicks off this fall and will conclude in Spring 2026.

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

Announcing the EcoCAR EV Challenge Year One Fall Workshop! The Fall Workshop will take place October 7 – 9, 2022 at the University of California, Davis located outside of Sacramento, CA.

Upcoming Events

Students

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...

Alumni

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...

Sponsorship

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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