Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) sponsors advanced vehicle technology competitions to educate the next generation of automotive engineers and to accelerate the development and demonstration of technologies that interest DOE and the automotive industry.

Over the past 20 years, DOE has sponsored more than 25 advanced vehicle technology competitions in partnership with Natural Resources Canada and the North American auto industry. Managed by Argonne National Laboratory, these competitions represent a unique collaboration among government, industry, and academic partners to explore sustainable vehicle solutions.

EcoCAR 2: Plugging in to the Future

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Clean Cities and EcoCAR focus on reducing petroleum consumption in the transportation sector.

EcoCAR 2 is a unique 3-year engineering competition that challenges 15 universities across North America to reduce the environmental impact of a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu without compromising performance, safety, or consumer acceptability.

Each university team is also responsible for outreach activities. Students coordinate outreach through education, marketing, and media relations to build awareness of advanced vehicle technologies by educating the public about electric, hybrid electric, and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Clean Cities coalitions support their local teams by helping these student outreach coordinators.

Established by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and General Motors, EcoCAR 2 builds on more than 20 years of DOE's success with advanced vehicle technology competitions. These competitions exemplify how public/private partnerships can provide invaluable experience and training for young promising minds entering the North American job market.

Learn more about EcoCAR 2.

EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge

EcoCAR 2 follows the widely acclaimed competition series EcoCAR:The NeXt Challenge. Results from past competitions include:

  • 2011 Competition—Virginia Tech claimed top team honors for 2011. Ohio State University took second place, and the University of Waterloo took third place.
  • 2010 Competition—Mississippi State University won top honors in the second year of the competition. Learn more about the results in the EcoCAR Challenge press releasePDF.

More Information

EcoCAR 3 will begin in fall 2014. For questions about EcoCAR, contact Kristen De La Rosa at 512-845-4319.