Why Apply?

In addition to financial and in-kind support from program-level sponsors, teams also will receive extensive training on industry-leading tools in areas of advanced automotive controls, X-in-the-loop simulation, computer-aided design, connected & automated vehicle system design, business development, project management, and communications skills to just name a few.

Learn about the Impact of joining the EcoCAR EV Challenge

University & Faculty Benefits

  • Unparalleled, experiential learning experience for students
  • Significant cash and in-kind contributions for your university and EcoCAR team
  • Funded graduate and undergraduate student support, travel
  • Close collaboration with mobility leaders from industry and government
  • Participants get a direct line to top jobs in industry
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration across the university
  • Research opportunities and publications
  • Expanded facilities, software tools, equipment, hardware, etc.
  • Improved engineering curriculum that aligns with future industry needs
  • Publicity and visibility for your university and credibility in the automotive industry
  • Connect to AVTC alumni association embedded across the automotive industry
  • Pre-college recruiting: students who tour the EcoCAR garage are more likely to attend the school

Student Benefits

A key mission of Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions (AVTCs) is to provide student enrichment and education through experiential learning and supplemental training. Students gain hands-on, real-world experience in AVTCs as well as access to various enrichment opportunities.

Benefits to participating AVTC students:

  • Participation in a high-profile, hands-on project that mimics an automotive start up environment
  • Top jobs with North America’s premier employers (EcoCAR graduates command higher starting salaries than their peers, $4K-15K/average depending upon degree)
  • Partners students with seasoned industry mentors and subject matter experts
  • Unparalleled opportunities to gain real-world leadership skills: teamwork, collaboration, and problem-solving skills; verbal and non-verbal communication; business and communications acumen
  • Follow a real-world vehicle development process and learn industry best practices, tools, standards and methods to prepare you for future careers in the mobility industry
  • Gain access to state-of-the-art testing facilities
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration with the university that broadens your knowledge and expertise

Hear What Deans and Sponsors Have To Say

EcoCAR has made an impact on students and their universities for decades. Here’s how.

Dean Karr

Dean Karr

Dean of the College of Engineering

University of Alabama

“The University of Alabama’s involvement with the EcoCar program has been a huge positive. It has provided our students with wonderful opportunities to enhance the quality education they receive in the classroom. I believe that the sort of out-of-classroom experiences that programs like EcoCar provide are so very valuable to our students.

With regard to the tenure process, we still have a focus on teaching, research, and service. I consider a faculty member’s involvement in EcoCar to be more than service, but also teaching (educating if you will).”

Julia Ross

Dr. Julia Ross

Dean of Engineering

Virginia Tech

“It’s wonderful for our students to have such hands-on experience and really practical problems that they can do their thesis and master’s degrees with.”

Maj Mirmirani

Dr. Maj Mirmirani

Dean of Engineering

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

“EcoCar is probably the best collegial competition project ever.”

Michael Berube

Michael Berube

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Sustainable Transportation in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy

“EcoCar gives students the opportunity to get hands-on experience on cutting-edge future technology.”

Mary Barra

Mary Barra

CEO, General Motors

“The work that you’re doing and creating the future of technology and mobility couldn’t be more exciting. I’ve been in this industry a long time and I think your interest by participating in EcoCar shows you love it as well.”

Mark Reuss

Mark Reuss

President, General Motors

“Look at what we do every day in General Motors and you’re doing it. You’re taking advanced technology, applying it to a car through a vehicle development process for a customer and that’s incredibly exciting.”

David Friedman

VP, Advocacy – Consumer Reports / Past: Acting Asst. Secretary, EERE, U.S. DOE and Deputy Administrator, NHTSA

University of California – Davis

“Programs like AVTCs allow students to get a taste of opportunities that make an impact in the world,” he said. “You will be lucky if you can find a career to follow those dreams and have an impact on society, but don’t let anyone put barriers in your way. Take what you learn and make the most of it.”

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Michael Duoba

Michael Duoba

Principal Mechanical Engineer, Argonne National Laboratory

Illinois Institute of Technology

“AVTCs are extremely important for finding and cultivating leaders in the automotive industry. It’s crucial that students get experience in electrified vehicles and future powertrains so when they get recruited into the real world they can hit the ground running. These are the leaders we see a decade later.”

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Evan Grave

Evan Graves

Active Safety Feature Integration Engineer, General Motors

University of Alabama

“I think all the students involved in EcoCAR reap some rewards. They get an experience they wont ever receive in a classroom. It opens up a lot of doors and a lot of opportunities for everyone involved.”

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Steven Boyd

Steven Boyd

Program Manager, Batteries and Electrification Vehicle Technology Office, U.S. DOE

Virginia Tech

“Advanced vehicle technology competitions give students the opportunity to apply classroom skills to real-world applications that are critical to our nation’s energy security. The competitions would not be possible without the active collaboration of government, industry, and academia partners. Each brings something different to the table, but together, they offer so much more”

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Kevin Stutenberg

Kevin Stutenberg

Principal Research Engineer, Argonne National Laboratory

University of Wisconsin

“EcoCAR provides great hands-on training and learning experience to figure out how things in the real world work. The direct experiences I gained in Challenge X have given me the knowledge that I needed to gain the position that I have at Argonne National Laboratory.”

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Priyash Misra

Dr. Priyash Misra

Connected and Automated Vehicles Engineer, Argonne National Laboratory

West Virginia University

“EcoCAR is one of the most exciting projects you could ever be part of. I would advise you to take advantage of this opportunity because EcoCAR is going to bring to you things you never could have imagined.”

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Katherine Bovee

Dr. Katherine Bovee

Electrification Controls System Engineer, General Motors

Ohio State University

“My advice to students is to jump in and see where EcoCAR takes you. It took me to placed I never thought I would be.“

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Brittany Galloway-Malone

Brittany Galloway-Malone

F-35 Communication Specialist, Lockheed Martin

University of Alabama

“My experience with EcoCAR was unique because it gave me hands-on media and overall communications experience. I had the opportunity as a college student to reach out to media, plan events and develop and execute integrated communications plans, so I was learning through experience while I was still in college.”

Trevor Thompkins

Trevor Thompkins

Car, Performance and Motorsports Communications, General Motors

Ohio State University

“It was a really big opportunity to gain experience with actual PR work in the EcoCAR program. To be able to immediately turn around and practice those skill sets I learned was big for me and cemented the fact that communications was something I wanted to do and that experience I had on the team directly led to me applying for the GM communications internship. I believe my experience and my success I had with the team helped me land the internship, which ultimately led to me getting a job at GM.”

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