About the EcoCAR EV Challenge


The EcoCAR EV Challenge is a four-year collegiate automotive engineering competition, providing an unparalleled, hands-on educational experience that transforms the traditional classroom environment into a hub of automotive innovation



The EcoCAR EV Challenge builds upon a proud 35+ year history of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions (AVTCs). The EV Challenge charges 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.

Competition vehicle:

General Motors will provide each team with a 2023 Cadillac LYRIQ where teams will demonstrate the potential of advanced propulsion systems, connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technologies, and other innovative technologies to analyze energy efficiency.

EcoCAR teams will utilize a combination of on-board sensors and bidirectional vehicle-to-everything (V2X) connectivity to implement energy efficient and customer-pleasing automated control features. Teams also will refine advanced powertrain along with charging and thermal systems to use grid electricity intelligently.

Competition Vision

EcoCAR provides a hands-on, real-world experience in STEM that:

Competition Goals:

EcoCAR Competition NEWS:

That’s a Wrap! The Fall Workshop Concludes at MathWorks

From October 5-7 EcoCAR teams, sponsors and organizers gathered at the MathWorks headquarters in Natick MA for the Year 2 Fall Workshop. The event kicked off with a warm welcome […]
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Welcome to the Year 2 Fall Workshop

In the second year of the EcoCAR EV Challenge, a four-year collegiate automotive engineering competition, students can expect nothing short of an unparalleled learning opportunity during the Year Two Workshop [...]
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Ready, set, goat: Mathworks’ Speedgoat training readying EcoCAR teams for industry

The hum of the 2023 Cadillac LYRIQ’s motor will be music to the EcoCAR EV Challenge teams’ ears. In this four-year collegiate automotive engineering competition, students will disassemble the Cadillac [...]
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EcoCAR Equity in Mobility: Community Challenge

From mobility infrastructure to passenger vehicle design, the Equity in Mobility: Community Challenge, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, charged EcoCAR students with researching issues that impact local underserved [...]
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EcoCAR Excellence in Leadership

The EcoCAR Excellence in Leadership Award recognizes the skills that are critical for engineers, project managers and communicators to be successful within the EcoCAR project and throughout their careers. This [...]
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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

EcoCAR will include a major focus on equity in mobility, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in STEM to help build clean energy mobility solutions and opportunities for all.

EcoCAR EV Challenge Headline Sponsors

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), in partnership with Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), provide program management, team evaluation, logistical support, in order to educate the next generation of automotive engineers and accelerate the development of technologies of interest to the DOE and the automotive industry.

General Motors provides each competing team with a production vehicle, as well as vehicle components, seed money, technical mentoring and operational support.

MathWorks provides teams with a full suite of software tools, simulation models, training, technical mentoring and operational support.

Become a Sponsor

Interested in becoming an EcoCAR Sponsor? Please contact EcoCAR Sr. Project Manager Jesse Alley at ralley@anl.gov

Team Spotlight

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University/ Bethune-Cookman University

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Contact the organizers!

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