Team Description:

The Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team (HEVT) at Virginia Tech has been competing in the Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions (AVTCs) for over 20 years. Throughout our work in the competitions, Dr. Doug Nelson has been leading HEVT since the creation of the team in the early 1990s. HEVT is dedicated to providing an opportunity for students to work on advancements in the automotive industry, pushing the bounds of automotive technology and promoting STEM education. HEVT provides these opportunities to enhance business and engineering skills in an ever-changing field to students who are interested in automotive engineering, general engineering, and the automotive industry. HEVT plans to accomplish these goals by creating a SAE Level 2 autonomous Chevrolet Blazer in the EcoCAR Mobility Challenge, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, General Motors, MathWorks, and Argonne National Laboratory. During the course of the competition, engineering students will develop an autonomous 2019 Blazer that will increase efficiency, improve safety, and increase consumer appeal for a car that will be ideal for the growing SUV market. During year 3, HEVT plans to finalize propulsion systems and component integration in order to begin essential vehicle testing


What is the team looking forward to in Year 3?:

HEVT is looking forward to finalizing component integration to ultimately begin dynamically testing our Blazer. This testing is something we are greatly excited to begin as it will signify the beginning of furthering our controls and operation development. By the end of our testing, we will have validated all of our mechanical and electrical systems while also ensuring our vehicle functionally operates as a conventional and hybrid vehicle with longitudinal control.


Team Members

  • Lead Faculty Advisor: Dr. Doug Nelson
  • Lead CAVs Faculty Advisor: Dr. Ryan Gerdes
  • Project Manager: Dan Harvey
  • Engineering Manager: Tim Ryan
  • Communications Manager: Jacob Levin
  • PSI Lead: Dillon Scott, Alex Keller, & Ryan Reynolds
  • PCM Lead: Thomas Legg & Justin Wu
  • CAVs Lead:Tom Tase & Michael Zerr
  • Systems Safety Lead Engineer:Jordan Thomas
  • HMI/UX Lead: Michael Zerr


get involved


HEVT is seeking Sophomore and Juniors who are interested in getting real-world hands on experience in engineering, business and communications. HEVT operates out of the Ware Lab, but currently all team meetings are occurring over Zoom to ensure the safety of our team members and Virginia Tech students. HEVT holds team meetings from 7:15pm-8:15pm every Monday and students interested in joining or attending a meeting are encouraged to reach out to hevt@vt.edu or our social media channels!


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contact us


404 Old Turner Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061

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