West Virginia University has been competing in Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions (AVTCs) since they began in 1988 with the Methanol Marathon. After participating in 10 of the past AVTCs, West Virginia University is ready to utilize their experience to compete in the latest AVTC: EcoCAR Mobility Challenge. 


Made up of over 80 undergraduate and graduate students majoring in a variety of fields of engineering, computer science and communications, WVU’s EcoCAR Team is prepared to convert the n2019 Chevrolet Blazer into a hybrid vehicle with connected and automated vehicle system (CAVs) capabilities. 


WVU's EcoCAR team will be developing HMI/UX solutions for driver education towards CAVs features in the vehicle that use the latest cutting-edge technologies to produce the ultimate energy-efficient, high performance sport utility vehicle. 


Dedicated to educating younger audiences on STEM and STEM-related fields, the team hosts students at the WVU EcoCAR garage and goes into communities to present information about the competition, provide educational activities and allow the youth to explore and learn about the newest vehicle technologies. 


EcoCAR gives WVU students the opportunity to experience an innovative team dynamic that will be invaluable in their future careers with hands-on experience and exposure to cutting edge hardware and software tools used by industry.


The team leadership consists of faculty advisors and graduate students that lead the team every year.


Year 3 Goals


WVU’s EcoCAR team wants to surpass the 75 percent completion goal for year 3 on the propulsion system and have the system fully functional with basic energy management strategy.


The team also wants to surpass the 50 percent completion goal in year 3 for the CAV system which will have basic functionality and fault mitigation.


The team is looking forward to maintaining and building onto our youth outreach platform through utilizing social media channels to reach more key audiences in a safe but effective way.


The team is actively promoting a healthy work-environment during the COVID-19 Pandemic to ensure the safety of all team members throughout year 3 of competition.


WVU’s EcoCAR team is looking forward to competing in a healthy competition with the other partnered universities throughout year 3 to bring out the best in each team.


Team Members

Lead Faculty Advisor: Dr. Andrew Nix

Lead CAVs Faculty Advisor: Dr. Brain Woerner

Faculty Advisors: Catherine Mezera

Project Manager: Benton Morris, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering

Engineering Manager: Aaron Mull, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering

Communications Manager: Ryan Alexander, M.S. in Data Marketing Communications

PSI leads: Benton Morris, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Aaron Mull, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering

PCM Leads: Jared Diethorn, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Thomas Harris, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering

 CAVs Leads: Alexander Colon, M.S. in Computer Science, Clay Vincent, M.S. in Electrical Engineering

 SSLE: Noah Thayer, M.S. in Safety Management



get involved


Students can volunteer with WVU EcoCAR starting as a freshman and then once they reach sophomore status, they can begin earning course credit through the university in technical elective and Senior Capstone Design courses

The teams meeting every Monday and Wednesday for class from 2 p.m.-4:40 p.m. in the EcoCAR labs (Engineering Sciences Building G-15/G-18/G-20)

Keep up with West Virginia University’s journey on social media! Follow us on:

·        Facebook: West Virginia University EcoCAR Challenge

·        Instagram: @wvuecocarchallenge

·        Twitter: @WVU_EcoCAR


contact us


395 Evansdale Drive
Morgantown, WV 26505

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