Sponsors provide the hardware, software, training, and support the teams need to integrate technologies into their competition vehicles.

This arrangement gives students access to components and systems that might otherwise be unavailable or too expensive for them to use. Sponsors are able to promote their technologies and observe how they perform during rigorous and innovative use. Sponsors have the opportunity to meet, work with, and recruit hundreds of the nation's most motivated and talented engineering students. Sponsors also gain international media coverage and develop partnerships with government, industry, and academia.

Sponsorship categories are Headline, Diamond, Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze.


  • Transportation Research Center
    Transportation Research Center www.trcpg.com

    The Transportation Research Center (TRC), an affiliate of The Ohio State University, is an independent manager of the Transportation Research Center in East Liberty, Ohio, a transportation proving ground supporting the automotive industry. The company specializes in R&D testing as well as testing to FMVSS and industry certification/compliance standards. Testing for safety, fuel economy, emissions, durability and performance are accomplished at the 4,500-acre facility, which includes: 7.5-mile test track, crash testing facility, 24" HYGE Sled, Static Fixture Labs, emissions laboratory, 50-acre Vehicle Dynamics Area, 9,000-foot skid pad, off-highway area and ride quality roads. TRC Inc. is an ISO 9001 and 14001 registered company. For information on TRC Inc., visit www.trcpg.com.

    See how TRC and EcoCAR 2 collaborate:
  • ETAS
    ETAS http://www.etas.com/

    ETAS provides a comprehensive portfolio of open tools for vehicle ECU development, used extensively by automotive and heavy duty diesel manufacturers and adjacent segments of the embedded industry.  Our business activities focus on increasing customer process efficiency and process quality. ETAS products can be easily integrated into existing customer processes including any required integration into and with 3rd party products.  In addition, ETAS is recognized as the global thought leader in embedded software development, offering tools and engineering services around the implementation of the AUTOSAR software architecture, functional safety, real-time operating systems, and embedded security.

    Complete solutions for control-systems development, i.e. modeling/integration, Hardware-in-the-Loop (HiL), rapid-prototyping, and measurement/calibration are widely used globally. INCA, ETAS’ calibration and measurement software, for example, is the industry standard used by more than 15,000 engineers worldwide. Over 50 million vehicles around the globe run on software validated by LABCAR, ETAS’ HiL testing system. The product portfolio is further complemented by engineering services, consulting, training, and premium customer support.

    ETAS is an active participant in standards consortiums such as ASAM, OSEK, Nexus, AUTOSAR, AESAS, FlexRay, LIN, and JasPar. 650 ETAS personnel worldwide represent the company in the markets of Germany, the United States, Japan, Korea, P.R. China, India, France, UK, Sweden, Italy, Brazil, and the Russian Federation. For more information, visit www.etas.com

    Learn more about the collaboration between ETAS and EcoCAR:
    -  Sponsor Social Provides Career Opportunities
    -  Preview of ETAS Training at the Fall Workshop

  • Snap-on Tools
    Snap-on Tools http://www.snapon.com/

    To know Snap-on® tools is to love Snap-on tools. The Snap-on family of brands offers a broad range of products that are considered treasured objects by a wide variety of professional tool users. That’s because associates in the company are obsessed with innovation. Never satisfied, Snap-on’s designers, engineers, and product managers are continuously looking for ways to improve the company’s products.

    Snap-on Incorporated is a leading global producer and distributor of tool, diagnostics, shop equipment, and software solutions to the marketplace. All the brands in the Snap-on family are known for the highest possible quality and breakthrough innovation. Customers include professionals in transportation repair, industrial companies, government, education, agriculture, and other commercial industries.

    Learn more about the partnership between Snap-On and EcoCAR 2:
    - Embry-Riddle and Snap On: A Mechanical Collaboration
    University of Waterloo Attend's Niagara College's Motive Power Convention
    -  Snap-on Provides Essential Tools for Year Two Success 
    -  Sponsor Success Thursdays: Mississippi State University & Snap-On



  • CD-adapco
    CD-adapco http://www.cd-adapco.com/

    CD-adapco™ (www.cd-adapco.com) is the world’s largest privately held CFD focused CAE provider. Our core products are the technology-leading simulation packages, STAR-CCM+® and STAR-CD®. The scope of our activities, however, extends well beyond CFD software development to encompass a wide range of CAE engineering services in fluid dynamics, heat transfer and structural engineering. Our ongoing mission is to "inspire innovation and reduce costs through the application of engineering simulation software and services."

    A privately owned company, CD-adapco has maintained 17% organic year-on-year growth over the last 5 years. CD-adapco employs 800 talented individuals, working at 30 different offices across the globe.

    Check out how CD-adapco and EcoCAR 2 have worked together: 
    -  Sponsor Success Thursdays: Team Tennessee 
    -  Competition Sponsors Help UWAFT Build a Better Battery Pack 
    -  Winter Workshop Training Preview: CD-adapco and A123 Systems 
    -  Preview of STAR-CCM+ Training with CD-adapco at the Fall Workshop

  • Vector CANtech
    Vector CANtech http://www.vector.com

    Vector CANtech, Inc., located in Novi, Michigan, was established in 1997 as a wholly owned North American subsidiary of Vector Informatik GmbH. Vector is the leading provider of software tools, embedded software components, and services to OEMs, their suppliers, and various other industries. Vector tools equip engineers with the finest capabilities for design, diagnostics, calibration, and testing of distributed networking systems. Parent company Vector Informatik GmbH was founded in 1988 and currently employs over 900 people together with Vector Consulting GmbH. In addition to its headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, Vector also has an international presence with subsidiaries in the U.S., Japan, France, United Kingdom, Sweden, and the Republic of Korea. Vector is proud to sponsor EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge and programs that benefit universities and future engineers. For over 10 years, Vector has been committed to providing students and faculty access to its premium in-vehicle networking tools: CANoe, CANalyzer, and CANape. To learn more about the Vector story, please visit www.vector.com.

    Learn more about the partnership between Vector and EcoCAR 2:
    - Mississippi State University & Vector CANTech - Speaking the Language 
    -  Sponsor Social Provides Career Opportunities
    -  Wayne State EcoCAR 2 Team Taps Vector CANtech for CAN Network Help
    -  Data Acquisition: One of the Indispensable Tools of the Engineer

  • GKN Driveline
    GKN Driveline http://www.gkndriveline.com

    GKN Driveline has 22,000 employees in more than 57 facilities in over 23 countries. A pioneer and systems leader in advanced electric and hybrid drivelines, GKN Driveline continues to deliver driveline systems and solutions to the world’s automotive manufacturers. Within the eDrive Systems product segment, GKN Driveline designs, develops and manufactures an impressive range of solutions- from eAxles, for hybrid, electric all-wheel drive and compact systems for low power drive, to compact, lightweight eTransmissions for purely electric vehicles. In addition to the standardized family approach, GKN Driveline works closely with vehicle manufacturers’ teams to innovate eDrive systems for the future. With the focus on efficiency, performance and dynamics, GKN Driveline technologies are centered on continuous improvement and innovation in the application of alternative power sources and sustainable energy in systems that deliver outstanding performance. As an EcoCAR 2 Bronze sponsor, GKN Driveline is providing eTransmissions and technical support to three university teams as well as financial support to the EcoCAR 2 Program.

    Learn more about EcoCAR 2 and GKN:
    - EcoCAR 2 Brings Waterloo and GKN Driveline Together to Develop Green Vehicle  Technologies and World-Glass Graduates
     -  Sponsor Highlight: AVL, Magna, and GKN Driveline
    -  Sponsor Social Provides Career Opportunities
    -  EcoEagles Work Well With GKN Driveline
    -  GKN Supports Waterloo's Powertrain Development
    -  EcoCAR 2 Welcomes New Sponsor GKN Driveline

  • Sensors, Inc.
    Sensors, Inc. http://www.sensors-inc.com/ Sensors, Inc. was founded in 1969, and has evolved to become the leader in developing innovative gas analysis technology, primarily for use in the transportation industry. The company has decades of experience and expertise in the design and manufacture of measurement systems that are widely distributed throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia. Sensors, Inc. also provides in-field emissions and fuel-economy testing services covering a wide range of applications including on- and off-road vehicles and equipment, and marine, mining, and power generation systems using internal combustion engines. In 1999, Sensors, Inc. acquired Sensors Devices in Germany, ensuring a presence in Europe and expanding its product base to include analyzers for environmental applications. The company's emissions measurement solutions are used by government regulatory agencies and universities, as well as engine and vehicle manufacturers in the U.S., Europe and Asia, for the measurement of CO, CO2, NO, NO2, THC, NMHC, CH4, NH3, O2 and Particulate Mass. The company recently introduced ECOSTAR, its fourth generation of emission analyzers, and LASAR a trace gas analyzer primarily employed in laboratories and test cells.

    Read more about the partnership between Sensors, Inc. and EcoCAR 2
  • New Eagle
    New Eagle http://www.neweagle.net/

    New Eagle, located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, offers controls system solutions including; tools, products, and services. The company specializes in providing all aspects – from engineering to production hardware and software – of unique control systems for one-off evaluation, low volume prototype and niche volume production products. New Eagle has a world-wide network of service and product suppliers. The customer base covers automotive, construction and agriculture equipment, stationary engine and various areas of the military. Today, New Eagle is the distributor and integrator of Controls Systems, including Raptor enabled products using the Talon model-based development process.

    EcoCAR 2 teams will receive much needed hardware for their data acquisition systems from New Eagle. The company will also provide electrical and control engineers for safety/technical inspections and team mentoring. Connect with New Eagle on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube!

    Read about New Eagle on the Green Garage Blog:
  • Blackberry
    Blackberry http://www.blackberry.com/academic

    Research In Motion, parent company of QNX, is a manufacturer and marketer of innovative wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market. Through the development of integrated hardware, software and services that support multiple wireless network standards, RIM provides platforms and solutions for seamless access to time-sensitive information including email, phone, SMS messaging, Internet and intranet-based applications. RIM technology also enables a broad array of third party developers and manufacturers to enhance their products and services with wireless connectivity. RIM’s portfolio of award-winning products, services and embedded technologies are used by thousands of organizations around the world and include the BlackBerry wireless platform, the RIM Wireless Handheld™ product line, software development tools, radio-modems and software/hardware licensing agreements. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. RIM is listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market (Nasdaq: RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RIM).  For more information, visit www.rim.com or www.blackberry.com. The BlackBerry® Academic Program to provides colleges and universities around the world with a curriculum and course content to offer courses in administering and supporting the BlackBerry® solution and developing for the BlackBerry platform. More information can be found at www.blackberry.com/academic.

    Read about the collaboration between RIM and EcoCAR 2:
    -  Announcing Two New Sponsors: QNX and RIM!

  • QNX
    QNX http://www.qnx.com

    Over the past 30 years, QNX software has become a big part of everyday life. People encounter QNX-controlled systems whenever they drive, shop, watch TV, use the Internet, or even turn on a light. Its ultra-reliable nature means QNX software is the preferred choice for life-critical systems such as air traffic control systems, surgical equipment, and nuclear power plants. And its cool multimedia features have QNX software turning up in everything from in-dash radios and infotainment systems to the latest casino gaming terminals. Through the company’s embedded market specialization and proven expertise, it has become a trusted partner to the world's largest device manufacturers and systems integrators. Developers rely on feature-rich QNX® Neutrino® RTOS and the highly-integrated QNX® Momentics® development suite to accelerate time to market, and its broad range of engineering services such as flexible support programs, professional training, expert consulting, and custom engineering help customers speed every stage of their development cycle. QNX is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Research In Motion Limited.

    Read about the collaboration between EcoCAR 2 and QNX:
    -  Sponsor Social Provides Career Opportunities
    -  Team Tennessee's Infotainment System
    -  QNX Asks "What If"
    -  QNX Software Systems Talks Fall Workshop and Looking Ahead in Year Two
    -  Announcing Two New Sponsors: QNX and RIM!

  • Woodward
    Woodward http://www.woodward.com/

    Woodward is an electronic system integrator and a leader in the application of code generation onto the production controller. Woodward is the supplier of MotoHawk® model-based software development tools used by many EcoCAR teams. Woodward’s MotoHawk Control Solutions product line supplies electronic systems, tools, and controller hardware to the industrial, power generation, automotive, marine, recreational, and aviation industries. Woodward enables its customers to be electronic system integrators using tools including MotoHawk® for the following applications: Gasoline Engine and Transmission Control, Diesel Engine/Emissions Control, Hydraulic Hybrid, Electric Hybrids/Plug-In Electric, Integration—Multiplexing/ CAN Based Control, Chassis—Hydraulics control, Autonomous Vehicles and Small Engine EFI.

    Learn more about the collaboration between Woodward and EcoCAR 2:
    -  Preview of Woodward MotoHawk Training at Fall Workshop

  • Gage Products
    Gage Products www.gageproducts.com Gage Products Company, a $55 million firm headquartered in the Detroit suburb of Ferndale, is a growing supplier of custom-blended fuels for product development and for quality emission-control testing by automotive OEMs, engine manufacturers and their suppliers. Gage Products Company has been providing custom blended test fuels, calibration fluids, refined products, factory fills, and blended solvents since 1936. Gage Products Company is proud to provide specially formulated fuels to the university teams participating in the annual Eco car competition. A leading supplier of test fuels, custom fuels blends and reference fuels, Gage is also a proud sponsor of the SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge for the last 11 uninterrupted years.

    Read more about Gage Products and EcoCAR 2:
  • Environmental Protection Agency
    Environmental Protection Agency http://www.epa.gov/ The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Transportation and Air Quality’s (OTAQ) mission is to reconcile the transportation sector with the environment by advancing clean fuels and technology, and working to promote more liveable communities. OTAQ is responsible for carrying out laws to control air pollution from motor vehicles, engines, and their fuels. Mobile sources include: cars and light trucks, large trucks and buses, farm and construction equipment, lawn and garden equipment, marine engines, aircraft, and locomotives. Activities include: characterizing emissions from mobile sources and related fuels; developing programs for their control, including assessment of the status of control technology and in-use vehicle emissions; carrying out a regulatory compliance program, in coordination with the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, to ensure adherence of mobile sources to standards; fostering the development of State Motor Vehicle Emissions Inspection and Maintenance Programs; and implementing programs for the integration of clean-fueled vehicles into the market. 

    The EPA’s National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory (NVFEL) is part of OTAQ. Established in 1971 shortly after the creation of EPA, NVFEL is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and has about 400 employees with staff expertise spanning a variety of technical and public policy fields. The NVFEL provides emission testing services for motor vehicle, heavy-duty engine, and non-road engine programs in support of U.S. EPA-OTAQ rulemakings, enforcement actions, and procedures development. Testing activities include certifying that vehicle and engines meet federal emissions and fuel economy standards, testing vehicles and engines for in-use compliance, and analyzing fuels, fuel additives, and exhaust compounds. 

    EPA is proud to be a part of the EcoCAR program. We look forward to working with the other sponsors and academic participants to promote and advance the mission of developing energy-efficient and environmentally beneficial technology under the EcoCAR program.

    Learn how the U.S. EPA and EcoCAR 2 partner together:
  • Delphi Foundation
    Delphi Foundation http://www.delphi.com

    The Delphi Foundation is an independent charitable foundation established in 1999. The targeted areas of focus for the Delphi Foundation are educational opportunities and support systems aimed at helping young people reach their full potential. Underscoring our commitment to corporate citizenship, the Delphi Foundation focuses our support on education, particularly in the areas of science and technology as well as higher education programs in conjunction with Delphi's Education Relations activity. Delphi strives to achieve an effective global philanthropic program that supports our business objectives while helping society, particularly in the communities in which we reside. Delphi's three-part approach to philanthropy includes the Delphi Foundation, Delphi Community Relations and Delphi Volunteers.

    Read more about Delphi and EcoCAR 2:
    -  Delphi Foundation Joins EcoCAR 2′s Team of Sponsors

  • Caterpillar
    Caterpillar www.cat.com/home

    For nearly 90 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. Customers turn to Caterpillar to help them develop infrastructure, energy and natural resource assets. With 2013 sales and revenues of $55.656 billion, Caterpillar is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. The company principally operates through its three product segments - Resource Industries, Construction Industries and Power Systems - and also provides financing and related services through its Financial Products segment.

  • Ricardo, Inc.
    Ricardo, Inc. http://www.ricardo.com
    Delivering Value Through Innovation & Technology 

    Ricardo is a global, world-class, multi-industry consultancy for engineering, technology, project innovation and strategy. With a century of delivering value, we employ over 1900 professional engineers, consultants and staff. Our people are committed to providing outstanding value through quality engineering solutions focused on high efficiency, low emission, class-leading product innovation and robust strategic implementation. Our client list includes the world’s major transportation Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM), supply chain organisations, energy companies, financial institutions & governments. 

    Guided by our corporate values of respect, integrity, creativity & innovation and passion, we enable our customers to achieve sustainable growth and commercial success. Ricardo is proud to be a sponsor of EcoCAR 2: Plugging In To the Future. Working with the college teams, shaping the future of alternative energy and developing the innovative spirit of future engineers is part of Ricardo’s corporate culture of innovation and technology excellence.

    Hear how EcoCAR 2 and Ricardo, Inc. are collaborating:
    -  Announcing a New EcoCAR 2 Sponsor: Ricardo, Inc

  • Proterra, Inc.
    Proterra, Inc. www.proterra.com

    Headquartered in Greenville, S.C. Proterra was founded in 2004 with a vision to design and manufacture world-leading advanced technology heavy-duty vehicles powered solely by clean domestic fuels. With the launch of their fast charge EcoRide™ BE35 battery electric bus, Proterra has become the leading innovator of zero-emission commercial vehicles. Proterra’s products help transit agencies deliver clean, quiet-running, rider- and neighborhood-friendly vehicles that meet government regulations and local mandates.

    At Proterra, each bus made is purpose-built and designed to meet the test of time and the needs of tomorrow’s transportation market today. To learn more about Proterra and its advanced EV technology, please visit www.proterra.com.  You can also like Proterra on Facebook and follow them on Twitter

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