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EcoCAR EV Challenge headline sponsors

EcoCAR EV Challenge Sponsors provide the hardware, software, training, and support the participating teams need to integrate technologies into their competition vehicles. This arrangement gives students access to components and systems that prepare them for using these technologies in their future careers. Sponsors also have the opportunity to meet, work with, and recruit hundreds of the nation’s most motivated and talented engineering students.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), General Motors (GM) and MathWorks are pleased to again partner together to headline sponsor the EcoCAR EV Challenge, which is the latest DOE Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC) series.


The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), in partnership with Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), provides 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.

DOE launched the AVTCs 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 program 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.


General Motors provides each competing team with a production vehicle, as well as vehicle components, seed money, technical mentoring and operational support.

General Motors 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.

About MathWorks:

MathWorks provides EcoCAR EV Challenge teams with a full suite of software tools, simulation models, training, technical mentoring and operational support.

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.


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