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Announcing the EcoCAR EV Challenge

Reshape Engineering Education at Your University:
Fall 2022 - Spring 2026

Looking for an unparalleled experience that will charge up your students and reshape engineering education at your university?

Interested in an interdisciplinary, high-profile project that provides experiential learning opportunities for your students, tackling real-world challenges in advanced mobility?

Want to build future leaders? Apply today to offer your students unparalleled opportunities to gain teamwork, collaboration, and problem-solving skills; sharpen their verbal and non-verbal communication; hone their business and communication acumen; and land their dream jobs with North America’s top employers.

The EcoCAR EV Challenge is the cutting edge of engineering education – offering hands-on, real-world experience building the next generation mobility solutions to meet our nation’s future energy and mobility needs.

Make sure your university is part of North America’s premier collegiate automotive engineering competition.

Accept the EcoCAR EV Challenge and apply today.

What is the EcoCAR EV Challenge?

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is pleased to partner with General Motors (GM) and MathWorks to sponsor the 13th DOE Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC) series – the EcoCAR EV Challenge (EcoCAR).

EcoCAR 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 and customer-pleasing features and meet the decarbonization needs of the automotive industry.

The four-year competition will also include a major focus on equity in mobility and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in STEM to help foster clean energy mobility solutions and opportunities for all.

Managed by Argonne National Laboratory, this public/private partnership will harness the resources of government and industry to empower the next generation of engineers and business leaders to help address the toughest mobility challenges facing our nation, while building a clean energy workforce that reflects the diversity of North America.

EcoCAR EV Challenge will kick off in fall of 2022 and conclude in May of 2026.

Make sure your university is part of North America’s premier collegiate automotive engineering program.

Applications are due January 20, 2022

Why EcoCAR?

EcoCAR provides a hands-on, real-world experience in STEM that:

  • Fosters practical learning in a safe environment
  • Incorporates the use of math-based tools to improve engineering education
  • Enables participants to develop and refine complex vehicle control and safety systems by using industry testing/validation processes and methodologies
  • Prepares students to work in the automotive, mobility and energy industries
  • Fosters a clean energy workforce that reflects the diversity of North America

Application Deadline

4pm EST - 1/20/22


Key Dates

The competition organizers reserve the right to make changes to these dates.

Mar 2022

Teams Notified of Selection

Apr 2022

Launch Workshop

Sep 2022

Year 1 Kickoff Workshop

Oct 2022

Year 1 Fall Workshop

Feb 2023

Year 1 Winter Workshop

May 2023

Year 1 Competition

Register now to attend an EcoCAR EV Challenge Informational Webinar and learn more about the four-year program.

Please join competition leaders for a program overview and RFP Question and Answer session on November 10, 2021 at 2:00 PM ET.

The purpose of this webinar is to answer any questions your administration may have about applying to the EcoCAR EV Challenge.

Register by November 9, 2021 to attend live, or to receive a recording of the webinar.

Webinar Event

EcoCAR EV Challenge Headline Sponsors

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

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

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

Other sponsors provide hardware, software and training.

About the Proposal Process

Each school wishing to be considered for acceptance into the EcoCAR EV Challenge must prepare and submit a proposal. EcoCAR proposals are to be written primarily by the students, with faculty advisor guidance.

Important considerations in the selection process include the extent of administrative support provided, the interdisciplinary focus of the team’s organizational structure, the commitment and backgrounds of the faculty advisors, the type of facilities available to the proposing team, and the documented experience and expertise of the team in areas applicable to the program.

The EcoCAR EV Challenge proposal process is broken down into three documents:

  • the Administrative Proposal
  • the DEI Proposal
  • the University Letters of Support

Universities wishing to apply may download the Request for Proposals (RFP) HERE and review specifics for each section of the proposal process.

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Interested in the EcoCAR EV Challenge?

 Contact Kimberly DeClark for more information at