McMaster University is proud to be participating in the EcoCAR Mobility Challenge; North America’s premier collegiate-level automotive engineering competition. EcoCAR is the latest in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC) series. AVTCs represent a unique collaboration of government, industry, and academic partners who combine resources to explore sustainable transportation solutions. EcoCAR is challenging teams from 13 North American universities to re-engineer a 2019 Chevrolet Blazer to incorporate advanced propulsion systems, electrification, and connected and automated vehicle technology that will improve the energy efficiency, safety and consumer appeal of vehicles, specifically for the carsharing market. McMaster Engineering EcoCAR Team hopes to build upon McMaster University’s reputation as an outstanding technical school and academic leader in the development of sustainable advanced vehicle technology. By working closely with the McMaster Institute for Automotive Research and Technology (MacAUTO) and the McMaster Centre for Software Certification (McSCert), the McMaster team is looking to establish McMaster University as a major competitor in EcoCAR and in AVTCs to come. The McMaster Engineering EcoCAR Team is excited to participate in the first year of this four year long competition. This year, the McMaster Engineering EcoCAR team has added new team members that are prepared to face new challenges with this brand-new competition and create a unique hybrid vehicle while pushing the bounds of connected and automated driving. The team is always hard at work creating innovative solutions for complex problems.  

Team Members

Faculty Advisors:
  • Ali Emadi (Lead Faculty Advisor, Propulsion System Advisor)
  • Mark Lawford (CAVs Faculty Advisor)
Project Manager: Nikolay Stefanov Engineering Manager: Megan Wood Communications Manager: Zachary Ristivojevic PSI lead: Andrew George CSMS Lead: Mike Haußmann CAVs Lead: Joshua Barkovic


get involved

The McMaster EcoCAR team is looking for passionate individuals who are eager to take part in this year’s competition. EcoCAR provides a holistic approach to learning and teamwork centered around hybrid vehicle architectures. If this program sounds like the right fit for you, click below and see how you can, 'Get Involved’!

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