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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


Year History

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


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 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

U.S. DOE secretary Jennifer Granholm tours ABTC commercial facilities

June 21, 2024
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Kristen Wahl honored with U.S. DOE’s Vehicle Technologies Office Distinguished Achievement Award

June 21, 2024
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Batt News

Excellence in Leadership award-winner Jonathan Lazatin’s ‘nurturing a strong community’

June 14, 2024
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OSU secures top placement in EcoCAR, BattChallenge competitions

June 13, 2024
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EcoCAR News

Dr. John Ball of Mississippi State University Honored as Outstanding Faculty Advisor in EcoCAR

June 10, 2024
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Green Garage Blogs

Batt Challenge

Empowering tomorrow’s female leaders at Cal State LA

June 18, 2024
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Batt Challenge

University of Waterloo & Lambton College BattChallenge team empowering communities through battery innovation

April 24, 2024
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Green Garage Blog

The EcoCAR of tomorrow with the generations of yesterday

April 24, 2024
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Green Garage Blog

How Diversity Shapes the Mississippi State University EcoCAR Team

April 19, 2024
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Batt Challenge

Meet UNLV’s vocational liaison Brandon Benton

April 17, 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

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