The U.S. Department of Energy, General Motors and MathWorks Announce the EcoCAR EV Challenge

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), General Motors and MathWorks are pleased to announce the launch of the EcoCAR EV Challenge, the latest DOE Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC) series. Managed by Argonne National Laboratory, the EcoCAR EV Challenge will begin in the fall of 2022, immediately following the current EcoCAR Mobility Challenge series. The collegiate automotive competition is now accepting proposals from universities with ABET-accredited engineering programs.

The four-year competition will challenge up to 14 North American universities to engineer a next generation battery electric vehicle (BEV) that utilizes automation and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) connectivity to implement energy efficient customer-pleasing features and meet the decarbonization needs of the automotive industry.

“The EcoCAR EV Challenge provides the ultimate training ground for future engineers and business leaders to work on some of the toughest technical challenges facing the automotive industry,” said Kristen Wahl, director of the AVTCs at Argonne. “Students not only gain an unparalleled experiential learning experience, but highly coveted jobs with top employers. EcoCAR enables multidisciplinary collaboration across the university and serves as a catalyst for automotive-related curriculum and R&D.”

The competition will also challenge teams to apply innovative solutions to address equity and electrification challenges in the future of mobility and implement advanced powertrain, charging, and thermal systems to use grid electricity intelligently.

Teams will follow a real-world vehicle development process to meet rigorous technical milestones throughout the program and will compete head-to-head with other teams in annual competition finals, with the series culminating in the summer of 2026.

“EcoCAR provides the resources to transform a university’s engineering school to be on the cutting edge of engineering education”, said Wahl. “The challenges EcoCAR students will face and learn to overcome will ultimately contribute to their future as leaders in the automotive industry.” 

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