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


General Motors Women in STEM Award Winners

June 7, 2023

Each year, General Motors proudly sponsors the EcoCAR Women in STEM Awards, which honor women from across the various STEM disciplines who are demonstrating outstanding technical excellence and accomplishments through […]


#LikeABosch Around the World at Disney’s EPCOT

June 1, 2023

For the EcoCAR Year 1 Competition Welcome Night event, Leadership-Level sponsor, Bosch, hosted the EcoCAR Teams at EPCOT in Orlando, FL for a #LikeABosch Around the World event! Previous Next [...]


The Ohio State University & Wilberforce University Team Claims Top Spot in Year One of the EcoCAR EV Challenge

May 26, 2023

The Ohio State University & Wilberforce University Team has been named the winner of Year One of the EcoCAR EV Challenge. Coming in second were West Virginia University and the [...]


Welcome to the EcoCAR EV Challenge Year 1 Competition

May 21, 2023

Over 300 EcoCAR participating team members, sponsor, and organizers have arrived in Orlando, Florida to celebrate the conclusion of Year 1 of the EcoCAR EV Challenge.   There is much [...]

Green Garage Blog

MPP Fife Visits UWAFT

April 24, 2023

Written by: Avery Cantlon Last month the Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) of Waterloo, Catherine Fife, visited the UWAFT garage. Fife has been an elected official for 4 years and [...]


dSPACE AUTERA Hands-on Workshop

April 14, 2023

This weekend, dSPACE will be hosting an AUTERA Hands-on Workshop at their facility in Wixom, MI. The dSPACE AUTERA Hands-on Workshop will welcome EcoCAR Connected and Automated (CAV) and Systems [...]

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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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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