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 for them to use. Sponsors are able to promote their technologies and observe how they perform during rigorous and innovative use. Sponsors have the opportunity to meet, work with, and recruit hundreds of the nation’s most motivated and talented engineering students. Sponsors also gain media coverage and develop partnerships with government, industry, and academia.
- Recruit premier engineering talent
- Product development / beta testing
- Product exposure & usage
- Network with other sponsors
- PR / social media exposure
- Giving back / student mentorship
- STEM / community outreach / DEI
EcoCAR EV Challenge Sponsors
U.S. Department of Energy
The U.S. Department of Energy, through Argonne National Laboratory, provides overall competition management, team evaluation, and technical and logistical support for EcoCAR, the premier DOE-sponsored student vehicle competition.
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) launched its student vehicle competition program in 1988 to demonstrate and test technologies developed in laboratories. By combining the next generation of technical innovators with emerging advanced transportation technologies, the EcoCAR competition helps ensure a sustainable, environmentally responsible transportation future. DOE and its network of national laboratories maintain an aggressive research and development program in advanced vehicle technologies, including fuel cells, energy storage, hybrid systems, advanced materials, alternative fuels, and heat engines.
DOE continues to develop new technology to improve vehicle efficiency and lessen our dependence on foreign oil. Through the student vehicle competition program, over 30,000 students have received hands-on engineering experience and many of them have moved on to take jobs in the automotive industry, bringing with them an enthusiasm for advanced vehicle technologies.
For more information, visit https://www.energy.gov/eere/vehicles/vehicle-technologies-office.
General Motors (NYSE:GM) is a global company focused on advancing an all-electric future that is inclusive and accessible to all. At the heart of this strategy is the Ultium battery platform, which will power everything from mass-market to high-performance vehicles.
General Motors, its subsidiaries and its joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac, Baojun and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety and security services, can be found at https://www.gm.com.
MATLAB and Simulink are fundamental computation tools used at more than 5,000 educational intuitions worldwide. MATLAB is one of the top 10 most popular programming languages and is used for teaching, research, and project-based learning. Add MATLAB and Simulink to the classroom to inspire critical thinking and innovation as well as prepare students for prominent careers in industry, where the tools are the de facto standard for R&D.
By getting involved in Student Competitions such as EcoCAR, MathWorks prepares and supports the next generation of scientists and engineers with software, training, and mentoring to tackle the same technical issues as professional engineers.
Student teams receive industry-standard tools, with a flexible design environment where they can apply classroom theory to competition problems. Students with competition experience become employees who are productive on the job from day one.
Employing a Model-Based Design approach to the automotive design process enables teams to design, test, validate and share their models within one environment. Using industry-standard tools such as MATLAB and Simulink help students tackle real engineering problems.
American Axle & Manufacturing
As a leading global Tier 1 Automotive and Mobility Supplier, AAM (NYSE: AXL) designs, engineers and manufactures Driveline and Metal Forming technologies to support electric, hybrid and internal combustion vehicles. Headquartered in Detroit with over 80 facilities in 18 countries, AAM is bringing the future faster for a safer and more sustainable tomorrow. To learn more, visit aam.com.
PACCAR is a global technology leader in the design, manufacture, and customer support of high-quality light-, medium- and heavy-duty trucks under the DAF (1928), Kenworth (1923), and Peterbilt (1939) nameplates. PACCAR products are found in more than 100 countries and the company employs nearly 28,000 employees to produce, maintain, and sell nearly 163,000 trucks annually that are known for industry-leading innovation, quality, and technology.
PACCAR has a rich history of introducing an array of innovative, environmentally-forward technologies. The company continues to build on this reputation by investing in clean energy, connected, and autonomous product initiatives. PACCAR’s latest powertrain developments focus on an array of battery electric, hydrogen fuel cell, natural gas, and high-efficiency diesel powertrains to meet our customer’s varied and unique needs. The company also offers a variety of ADAS products, and has partnered with Aurora to launch an autonomous vehicle platform leveraging its latest connectivity offerings.
PACCAR has been a proud sponsor of the EcoCar competition since 2015 and looks forward to its continued sponsorship of the EV Challenge through 2026. The engineering, project management, communications, and diversity, equity, and inclusion skills learned in the competition make participants well prepared to take on the biggest challenges in transportation today.
As a leading technology and mobility company, Magna is playing a decisive role in shaping the biggest changes in the history of the automobile – electrification, autonomous driving, connectivity and shared mobility as well as innovative manufacturing processes.
From components to systems to complete vehicle production – no other company has such extensive knowledge of complete systems as Magna. With more than 400 locations in 28 countries on five continents and over 158,000 employees, our customers include more than 50 automotive manufacturers as well as innovative new players. Two-thirds of all vehicles currently in production are equipped with our innovative technologies, and we are ready to lead the mobility of the future.
With a best-in-class portfolio, formulated with scalable building blocks, Magna is embracing the challenge of taking electrification to the next levels of efficiency and range. We are developing highly innovative systems of components that meet a wide range of customer requirements while providing an optimum combination of best-in-class efficiency, safety, driving dynamics, and convenience. Whether providing vehicle expertise, full powertrain systems or individual components, with our EtelligentDrive powertrain solutions, we can provide these attributes for all electrified platforms from mild, full and plug-in hybrids to purely battery electric vehicles.
Innovation is what drives us, and we drive innovation. Dream big and create the future of mobility at Magna. For more information, please visit www.magna.com.
The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. The company employs approximately 375,000 associates worldwide (as of Dec. 31, 2015) and generated sales of $78.3 billion in 2015. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing and sales network is the foundation for further growth.
In 2015, the Bosch Group invested some $7.5 billion in research and development and operated 118 engineering sites worldwide. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”
dSpace will provide each team with a full suite of CAV software development tools (ASM – real-time models for vehicle development, AURELION – sensor-realistic simulation, ModelDesk – graphical user interface for simulation control and calibration, ControlDesk – experiment software for ECU development, and VEOS – PC-based Simulation), the AUTERA compute platform, and RTMaps for development and deployment of your software stack. This will allow teams access to industry-focused development tools to achieve simulation, software development, system evaluation, and deployment of CAV systems.
NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) enables a smarter, safer and more sustainable world through innovation. As the world leader in secure connectivity solutions for embedded applications, NXP is pushing boundaries in the automotive, industrial, IoT, mobile, and communication infrastructure markets. With more than 60 years of combined experience and expertise and more than 30,000 employees in more than 35 countries, we’re working together to accelerate the breakthroughs that advance our world.
Our Next Energy, Inc. (ONE) is a Michigan-based energy storage technology company focused on engineering batteries that will accelerate electrification. It’s vision is simple: double the range of electric vehicles; use safer, more sustainable raw materials; and establish a localized supply chain. Learn more at www.one.ai.
AVL is one of the world’s leading mobility technology companies for development, simulation and testing in the automotive industry, and in other sectors. Drawing on its pioneering spirit, the company provides concepts, solutions, and methodologies for a greener, safer, and better world of mobility. To achieve the vision of climate-neutral mobility, AVL drives innovative and affordable solutions for all applications - from traditional to hybrid to battery and fuel cell electric technologies. The offerings range from simulation, virtualization, and test automation for product development to ADAS/AD and vehicle software. AVL combines highly scalable IT, software, and technology solutions with its application know-how, thereby offering tools in areas such as Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity or Embedded Systems. Furthermore, AVL is striving towards a safe and comfortable driving experience for everyone and brings a comprehensive understanding of assisted and automated driving functions in different vehicles and environments into play.
DENSO is a leading mobility supplier with a 70-year history of providing advanced automotive components and technology to automakers worldwide. Our 168,000 employees, including 27,000+ in North America, work together every day to pursue our Two Great Causes:
• Green: Achieving carbon neutrality by 2035 through our products, processes and facilities.
• Peace of Mind: Innovating and making quality products and processes that help us reach a comfortable and worry-free mobility future with zero traffic fatalities.
Together, they help us bring hope for the future and contribute to a brighter world for all.
Dataspeed Inc., located in Metro Detroit, provides complete autonomous research and development vehicle integrations that allow engineers to get up and running quickly on their algorithm, sensor, or data research. Dataspeed provided each team with an intelligent Power Distribution System (iPDS), a flexible and easy-to-use solution for powering instrumentation, computers, and sensors of a test vehicle. The system is designed with commonly used communication interfaces to support drive-by-wire autonomous vehicle research, advanced driver assistance systems experimentation, and any automotive electronics testing.
Hundreds of customers have trusted Dataspeed’s team of expert software and hardware engineers with their driverless car projects, including sensor developers, mobility-as-a-service providers, teleoperators, research institutions, and government agencies. Dataspeed is dedicated to building innovative autonomous solutions that are safe, reliable, and cost-effective.
Barely visible, semiconductors have become an indispensable part of everyday life. We play a key role in shaping a better future – with microelectronics that link the real and the digital world.
Our semiconductors enable efficient energy management, smart mobility, as well as secure, seamless communications in an increasingly connected world. Infineon will offer teams 32-bit AURIX TriCore Microcontrollers, time-of-flight (ToF), and radar sensors for expanding the in-cabin sensing and Driver Monitoring System (DMS) capabilities. This would provide teams with an optional decentralized compute platform for the DMS and/or in-cabin display while also allowing teams to re-engineer the DMS system to focus on inclusive-design.
tesa tape is a leading manufacturer of pressure-sensitive adhesives serving a broad range of industries from automotive to construction. Globally headquartered in Germany and regionally headquartered in North Carolina, tesa has a US-based manufacturing facility in Michigan. tesa holds the original patent for tape and currently has over 7,000 products in its portfolio. tesa works across the automotive industry in all parts of the vehicle: sealing holes in the body, bundling and protecting electrical wires, affixing logos and screens, and tons of other hidden uses. Without tesa products, cars would look and sound very different than they do today.
Amphenol is one of the world’s largest providers of high-technology interconnect, sensor and antenna solutions. Our products Enable the Electronics Revolution across virtually every end market including Automotive, Broadband Communications, Commercial Aerospace, Industrial, Information Technology and Data Communications, Military, Mobile Devices and Mobile Networks.
Headquartered in Greenville, S.C. Proterra was founded in 2004 with a vision to design and manufacture world-leading advanced technology heavy-duty vehicles powered solely by clean domestic fuels. With the launch of their fast charge EcoRide™ BE35 battery electric bus, Proterra has become the leading innovator of zero-emission commercial vehicles. Proterra’s products help transit agencies deliver clean, quiet-running, rider- and neighborhood-friendly vehicles that meet government regulations and local mandates. At Proterra, each bus made is purpose-built and designed to meet the test of time and the needs of tomorrow’s transportation market today.
To learn more about Proterra and its advanced EV technology, please visit www.proterra.com. You can also like Proterra on Facebook and follow the company on Twitter.
Vector is the leading manufacturer of software tools and embedded components for the development of electronic systems and their networking with many different systems from CAN to Automotive Ethernet. Vector has been a partner of automotive manufacturers and suppliers and related industries since 1988. Vector tools and services provide engineers with the decisive advantage to make a challenging and highly complex subject area as simple and manageable as possible. Worldwide customers in the automotive, commercial vehicles, aerospace, transportation, and control technology industries rely on the solutions and products of the independent Vector Group for the development of technologies for future mobility.
Cohda Wireless is a global leader in the development of Connected and Autonomous Vehicle software with proven applications for Smart City, Mining and other environments. Cohda Wireless’s innovative software solutions enable connected and autonomous vehicles to connect with other vehicles and with Smart City infrastructure. These connections span Vehicle-to-Vehicle, Vehicle-to-Infrastructure, and Vehicle-to-Pedestrian (collectively called V2X), and allow connected vehicles to ‘talk’ to each other, Smart Cities, and vulnerable road users in order to avoid accidents, reduce congestion and be more efficient. Cohda is headquartered in Australia and has offices in the USA, Europe, and China.
Consumer Reports is an independent, nonprofit member organization that works side by side with consumers for truth, transparency, and fairness in the marketplace. We use our rigorous research, consumer insights, journalism, and policy expertise to inform purchase decisions, improve the products and services that businesses deliver, and drive regulatory and fair competitive practices. Consumer Reports will contribute unparalleled education through their industry-wide expertise on CAV features, e.g., driver monitoring systems, in-cabin displays, and CAV feature overviews. This will help introduce teams to the CAV industry from a high level before developing their systems while also ensuring in-cabin features are developed with inclusive design as a priority.
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