EcoCAR 3: An Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition

EcoCAR 3 is the latest U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC) series. As North America’s premier collegiate automotive engineering competition, EcoCAR 3 is challenging 16 North American university teams to redesign a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro by demonstrating emerging automotive technologies, while still maintaining the performance expected from this iconic American car. Sponsored by DOE and General Motors and managed by Argonne National Laboratory, EcoCAR is the heart of American automotive ingenuity and innovation and is the ultimate training ground for minting future automotive leaders. While this model is the most technologically advanced Camaro in the vehicle’s history, EcoCAR 3 teams will enhance the vehicle even further by applying the latest cutting-edge technologies and incorporating new innovative ideas. Teams have four years (2014-2018) to harness those ideas into the ultimate energy-efficient, high performance vehicle. The Camaro will keep its iconic body design, while student teams develop and integrate energy innovations that maximize performance, while retaining the safety and high consumer standards of the Camaro.

Features of EcoCAR 3

EcoCAR 3 teams will follow the EcoCAR Vehicle Development Process (EVDP) and establish a plan for research and development, analysis, and validation of the vehicle design. EcoCAR 3 teams will have the opportunity to get hands on experience working in many vehicle technology areas, such as:
  • Energy Storage System design and integration
  • Hardware and Software-in-the-Loop simulation and testing
  • Human-Machine Interfacing (HMI) for infotainment and displays
  • Vehicle connectivity and embedded control systems
  • Powertrain component bench testing
  • Use of vehicle modeling and simulation tools
  • Improving aerodynamics

Technical Goals

The Camaro is a thrill behind the wheel, and now the EcoCAR students are in the driver’s seat of re-inventing the future of efficient mobility. EcoCAR’s mission is to:
  • Spur collaboration between government, industry and academia to unlock solutions to our transportation and energy challenges.
  • Accelerate the development and demonstration of emerging automotive technologies to strengthen American competitiveness.
  • Develop the next generation of engineers and business leaders who will be better prepared for auto industry and related careers.
  • Attract the best and brightest students into automotive engineering and STEM careers