About EcoCAR 2

Technical Goals
In comparison to production gasoline vehicles, construct and demonstrate vehicles and powertrains that:
Reduce fuel consumption
Reduce well-to-wheel greenhouse gas emissions
Reduce criteria tailpipe emissions
Maintain consumer acceptability in the areas of performance, utility, and safety
EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future, is a three-year collegiate engineering competition and the only program of its kind.

The competition’s mission is a vital one: offer an unparalleled hands-on, real-world experience to educate the next generation of automotive engineers. The competition challenges 15 universities across North America to reduce the environmental impact of a Chevrolet Malibu without compromising performance, safety and consumer acceptability.

Established by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and General Motors (GM), EcoCAR 2 builds upon a successful 23-year history of DOE Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions (AVTC) that exemplify the power of public/private partnerships in providing invaluable experience and training to promising, young minds entering the North American job market. EcoCAR 2 follows the widely acclaimed competition series EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge.

Shaped by the greatest design changes in the history of the automotive industry, EcoCAR 2 requires students to explore a variety of powertrain architectures focusing on electric drive vehicle technology. EcoCAR 2 teams will utilize a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu, donated by General Motors as the integration platform for their advanced vehicle design.

During the three-year program EcoCAR 2 teams will follow a real-world Vehicle Development Process (VDP) modeled after GM’s VDP. The VDP serves as a roadmap for the engineering process of designing, building and refining their advanced technology vehicles. Following a VDP will give the teams an opportunity to improve their vehicles efficiency while retaining consumer acceptability, performance and safety.

Executive Steering Committee

Kristen De La Rosa
Argonne National Laboratory

Nicole Lambiase
Argonne National Laboratory

Brian Benoy
Argonne National Laboratory

Patrick Walsh
Argonne National Laboratory

Kimberly DeClark
Argonne National Laboratory

Dana Bubonovich
Argonne National Laboratory

Pat Davis
U.S. Department of Energy

Connie Bezanson
U.S. Department of Energy

Steven Boyd
U.S. Department of Energy

Kent Helfrich
General Motors

John Haraf
General Motors

Dan Mehr
General Motors

Steve Gurski
General Motors

Lynda Palombo
Natural Resources Canada

Niklas Ekstrom
Natural Resources Canada