WASHINGTON, Feb. 17, 2016 - EcoCAR 3, a collegiate automotive engineering competition focused on making vehicles more sustainable while providing students with critical real-world experience to move the auto industry forward, is the latest in DOE’s Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC) series.

EcoCAR 3 challenges 16 U.S. university teams to improve the Chevrolet Camaro’s fuel efficiency and environmental impact, while maintaining its high performance standards. Teams have four years through 2018 to develop and integrate energy efficient powertrains as well as incorporate alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies that will lower greenhouse gas and tailpipe emissions

Last week, EcoCAR 3 college students attended the Year Two Winter Workshop held at EcoCAR sponsor NXP in Austin, Texas. Students participated in training led by competition sponsors and organizers, including Energy Department representatives. The sessions covered a number of topics students are working on this year, including innovation in design, systems modeling and simulation, hardware in the loop systems used to test how components work together, project management and communication. Teams also presented on the status of their projects to panels of judges.

The teams’ communication managers also helped train the next generation, hosting the 2016 EcoCAR 3 Education Day. Forty-five students from Breakthrough Austin, a non-profit organization designed to provide a path to college for low-income students who will be first-generation college graduates, visited the workshop to learn about EcoCAR 3. The sixth- through 12th-graders took tours of NXP, listened to the communication managers discuss their teams and participated in science and engineering activities.


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