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
EcoCAR EV CHALLENGE:
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.
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.
EcoCAR provides a hands-on, real-world experience in STEM that:
- EcoCAR incorporates the use of math-based tools to improve engineering education
- This series challenges students to weigh all the benefits of their design, such as energy efficiency and consumer features, against the constraints of cost and risk of implementation
- EcoCAR provides a platform to facilitate systems-level engineering curriculum and instruction in engineering departments at an elevated level
- Students will participate in workshops and training to develop exceptional leadership, teamwork, and professional skills that will better prepare them for their future careers
- EcoCAR will focus on DEI throughout all areas of the program, including an Equity in Mobility Challenge which challenges teams to identify and address specific equity and electrification challenges in the future of mobility through the application of innovative hardware and software solutions
- Teams will strive to recruit and retain students that represent the diversity of automotive customers and promote an environment of inclusion and diversity within the program and among the participating teams
- Teams will implement youth outreach and recruiting initiatives that promote careers in STEM
- Participants will demonstrate the potential of advanced propulsion systems, connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technologies, and other innovative technologies to analyze energy efficiency, leading to greater transportation energy affordability, reliability, and security
- EcoCAR will challenge students to weigh all the benefits of their design, such as energy efficiency and consumer features, against the constraints of cost and risk of implementation
- Utilize a combination of on-board sensors and bidirectional vehicle-to-everything (V2X) connectivity to implement energy efficient and customer-pleasing automated control features
- Implement and refine advanced powertrain, charging, and thermal systems to use grid electricity intelligently.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University/ Bethune-Cookman University
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