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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

Ram ProMaster electric van selected for Battery Workforce Challenge collegiate competition

March 7, 2024
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Batt News

BattChallenge teams ready for vehicle announcement, behind-the-scenes looks at Stellantis’ operations

February 28, 2024
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Batt News

Historically Black Institution Jackson State University Chosen to Participate in Battery Workforce Challenge

February 27, 2024
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Batt News

Jackson State only HBCU selected to help craft battery of the future

February 15, 2024
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Batt News

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s participation in the Battery Workforce Challenge

February 15, 2024
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Green Garage Blogs

Green Garage Blog

Women in STEM Driving Innovation at Illinois Tech

April 11, 2024
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Batt Challenge

Innovating the future: The vision for UM-Dearborn & Henry Ford College’s BattChallenge team

April 10, 2024
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Green Garage Blog

The EcoCAR-Adapted Athletics Collaboration

April 9, 2024
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Batt Challenge

Meet Steven Plascencia, UC Merced’s treasurer and battery pack software member

April 3, 2024
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Green Garage Blog

Bosch’s Drive: Catalyst for EcoCAR EV Innovation

April 2, 2024
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Upcoming Events

EcoCAR Events

EcoCAR Year 2 Competition

AVTC EventsEcoCAR EV Challenge Events

May 13 @ 8:00 am

The EcoCAR EV Challenge Year 2 Competition will take place May 13-18 in Yuma, AZ at General Motors Desert Proving Ground then May 19-22 in Phoenix, AZ.

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BattChallenge Events

BattChallenge Year 1 Competition

Battery Workforce Challenge

May 6

The Battery Workforce Challenge Year 1 Competition will be held at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, Ill. from May 6-9.

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