The Energy Department and General Motors Co. on April 24 announced the official launch of the EcoCAR 3 competition, introducing the 16 participating universities and revealing the Chevrolet Camaro as the vehicle selected as the platform for the competition.
Participating university teams will be challenged to design, develop, and integrate powertrains into the vehicle that will reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas and tailpipe emissions compared with the standard production gasoline vehicle, and engineer them to meet other energy and environmental goals.
The competition introduces students to industry-leading software tools and sophisticated powertrain components and challenges them to face similar engineering design constraints and technical challenges that automakers face, resulting in a real-world training ground for automotive engineering students unparalleled in the academic environment. New for EcoCAR 3, the organizers are ramping up the challenge by adding cost constraints as well as automotive innovation as additional judging criteria.
Established by the Energy Department and GM, and managed by Argonne National Laboratory, EcoCAR 3 is the latest Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition aimed at developing the next generation of automotive engineers. The four-year program will conclude in the summer of 2018. See the GM news release and the EcoCar 3 website.