For more than 25 years, the U.S. Department of Energy has sponsored AVTCs in partnership with Natural Resources Canada and the North American auto industry. Managed by Argonne National Laboratory, AVTCs represent a unique coalition of government, industry and academic partners who join forces to explore sustainable vehicle solutions. DOE sponsors these competitions to educate the next generation of automotive engineers and accelerate the development and demonstration of technologies of interest to the DOE and the automotive industry.
What is the Goal?
Stimulate the development of advanced propulsion and alternative fuel technologies and provide the training ground for the next generation of automotive engineers.
The Next AVTC Series: EcoCAR 3
The new four-year competition, EcoCAR 3, will build upon the 25-year history of the U.S. Department of Energy AVTCs and seeks to develop the next generation of automotive engineers with unparalleled experience designing, promoting, and building leading-edge automotive technologies. The goal is to minimize the environmental impact of personal transportation and illustrating pathways to sustainable transportation with various levels of vehicle electrifications, such as Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs). Argonne National Laboratory, a U.S. DOE research and development facility, will retain the management and operational responsibilities of the AVTC series, and the series will be co-headline sponsored by General Motors.
EcoCAR 3 RFP Now LIVE!
The EcoCAR 3 RFP is now available for download! The Administrative and Vehicle Powertrain Modeling and Design Problem can be found below. For submission guidelines, please see the Administrative RFP. Proposals are due by December 9, 2013. For questions, please email email@example.com.
Model Based Design Learning Modules: Now LIVE!
The learning modules, developed by AVTC graduates, are intended to be used by engineering students new to EcoCAR 2 and/or students who are planning on completing the modeling and design problem as part of the EcoCAR 3 proposal. The course covers the basics of building models for hybrid vehicle powertrains, including traction batteries and hybrid system control. The course is intended to provide a fundamental level of understanding of model based design techniques in an automotive application. In addition, the course is available to anyone who has an interest in learning about model based design.
To access the course, please visit the Model Based Design Curriculum on the National Training and Education Resource (NTER) website. Please note you must sign up for a NTER account before logging on to view the modules.