EcoCAR 2 Steals the Show at ASME IMECE

Although the end of the EcoCAR 2 competition still feels very far away, it’s never too early to start planning for the next competition series. The next advanced vehicle technology competition (AVTC) series will kick off in September 2014, and it’s time for schools to begin thinking about submitting proposals to be one of the elite schools selected to participate in this premier competition.

To educate faculty and university administrators about the benefits of the AVTC program and to encourage universities to apply for the next competition series, Argonne National Laboratory organizer Nicole Lambiase and the Penn State EcoCAR 2 team headed to the ASME 2012 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE) in Houston, Texas.

At IMECE, there was a captive audience of professors and mechanical engineering students who wanted to learn more about EcoCAR and the AVTC program. After hearing about the incredible hands-on experience provided by EcoCAR, many students were excited to take information back to their universities to encourage them to apply!

IMECE attendees were excited to hear about the competition from both an organizer and a participating school. Attendees were also interested to learn about Penn State’s EcoCAR 2 vehicle architecture and the ways team members are modifying the stock 2013 Chevrolet Malibu to improve its efficiency.

“I’m glad I got a chance to talk with students about the benefits of EcoCAR, especially how it has impacted team members at Penn State,” said Taylor Kidd, Penn State EcoCAR 2 Communications Manager.  “I made sure they knew that the AVTC program provides experience needed to jumpstart their career in the automotive industry.”

Interested in learning more about the next AVTC series? Visit for a timeline and to sign up for the Notice of Program Interest.