U.S. Department of Energy EcoCar 3 GM

EcoCAR 3: An Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition

EcoCAR 3 is the latest U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC) series and is North America’s premier collegiate automotive engineering competition. The U.S. DOE and General Motors are challenging 16 North American universities to redesign a Chevrolet Camaro into a hybrid-electric car that will reduce environmental impact, while maintaining the muscle and performance expected from this iconic American car.

While the model is the most technologically advanced Camaro in the vehicle’s history, EcoCAR 3 teams will be tasked to incorporate innovative ideas, solve complex engineering challenges, and apply the latest cutting-edge technologies. Teams have four years (2014-2018), to harness those ideas into energy to meet engineering, environmental and economic goals. The Camaro will keep its iconic body design, while student teams develop and implement eco-power and performance under the hood, retain safety and meet high consumer standards. The teams also will focus on developing technology that will lower emissions by incorporating alternative fuels.

EcoCAR 3

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During the four-year program (2014-2018), EcoCAR 3 teams will follow the EcoCAR Vehicle Development Process (EVDP), which aligns with General Motors’ vehicle development process and establish a plan for research and development, analysis, and validation of the EcoCAR 3 vehicle design.

EcoCAR 3 teams will be challenged to make innovations in many vehicle technology areas, including:

  • Energy Storage System design and integration
  • Hardware and Software-in-the-loop testing
  • Center stack development
  • Powertrain component bench testing
  • Use of vehicle modeling and simulation tools
  • Improving aerodynamics
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Technical Goals

The Camaro is a thrill behind the wheel, and now the EcoCAR students are in the driver’s seat. They have four years to design and integrate vehicle powertrains and alternative fuels, that when compared to the production Camaro, will further:

  • Reduce energy consumption;
  • Reduce well-to-wheel GHG emissions;
  • Reduce criteria tailpipe emissions;
  • Maintain consumer acceptability in the areas of performance, utility, and safety;
  • Meet energy and environmental goals, while considering cost and innovation.

The technical goals are designed to support industry’s need for engineers well versed in advanced vehicle propulsion. To support the goals, students will explore a variety of advanced propulsion systems, lightweight materials, improve aerodynamics, and utilize alternative fuels.

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Schools

  • Arizona State University
  • California State University – Los Angeles
  • Colorado State University
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • McMaster University
  • Mississippi State University
  • Ohio State University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Washington
  • University of Waterloo
  • Virginia Tech
  • Wayne State University
  • West Virginia University
   
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Sponsors

Contact

Kristen De La Rosa

Director

Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions
Center for Transportation Research
Argonne National Laboratory
avtc@anl.gov

Kimberly DeClark

Communications & Logistics Manager

Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions
Center for Transportation Research
Argonne National Laboratory
kdeclark@anl.gov

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