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

AVTC News

EcoCAR EV Challenge Headline Sponsors

September 19, 2022

EcoCAR EV Challenge Sponsors provide the hardware, software, training, and support the participating teams need to integrate technologies into their competition vehicles. This arrangement gives students access to components and […]

AVTC News

Announcing the EcoCAR EV Challenge Fall Workshop

September 9, 2022

We are excited to announce the EcoCAR EV Challenge Year One Fall Workshop! The Fall Workshop will take place October 7 – 9, 2022 at the University of California, Davis [...]

Green Garage Blog

Discovering Data: Sophie Benmore’s Summer Internship at Argonne

August 8, 2022

Sophie Benmore is a rising junior in Systems Engineering at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. She is an Illinois native and spent the summer as a data analytics intern [...]

Green Garage Blog

HEVT’s Aadi Kothari Interns at Argonne National Laboratory  

August 2, 2022

Aadi Kothari, rising senior and Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) Subteam member from Virginia Tech’s Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team, spent his summer interning at Argonne National Laboratory with the Sustainable [...]

Faculty Feature

Georgia Tech Bids Farewell to Faculty Advisor of 13 Years

July 26, 2022

The mentorship and guidance provided by an advisor in an educational setting are valuable beyond measure. Dr. Tom Fuller has had the pleasure of successfully leading the Georgia Tech team [...]

Green Garage Blog

Where Are They Now: UW’s Aman Kalia

July 20, 2022

Written By: Caitlin Hillman Before coming to the University of Washington, Aman Kalia was working with cars. During his undergraduate years at Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University in India, Aman [...]

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

EcoCAR EV Challenge Year 1 Fall Workshop

October 7 @ 8:00 am

This event serves as the catalyst for participating teams to understand the engineering challenge they will face throughout the four-year series. During the workshop, teams will hear from competition organizers [...]

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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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