I’m thrilled to announce that General Motors is continuing its partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy and Argonne National Laboratory for EcoCAR 3 – the latest collegiate advanced vehicle technology competition sponsored by DOE and GM.
GM is donating a Chevrolet Camaro to each one of the 16 universities that were recently selected for the exclusive competition.
EcoCAR 3 challenges university students across North America to design, build and optimize eco-friendly powertrains over the course of the next four years. Students must also consider cost and explore innovation, while retaining the vehicle’s performance, safety and consumer appeal.
The Chevrolet Camaro has been a leader in design, technology and performance since it first debuted in 1967, which is one of the main reasons why we chose the iconic muscle car for EcoCAR 3. We believe that it will be a stimulating vehicle for college students to work on for the next four years.
GM will also supply each team with seed money in the amount of $20,000 plus an additional $10,000 in program-initiation funding for teams who were not previously included in the EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future or EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge series in an effort to diminish any disadvantage for new teams.
Teams will follow a real-world Vehicle Development Process (VDP) to design and integrate their advanced technology solutions into GM-donated Camaro, gaining hands-on experience with industry-leading engineering tools and the latest vehicle components and technologies.
EcoCAR 3 mirrors GM’s efforts to design, build and sell the world’s best vehicles. Our partnership helps grow the next-generation of engineers who can help us develop the kinds of advanced technologies we need to prepare our vehicles for the future.
EcoCAR 3 also provides GM a unique opportunity to build even stronger partnerships with industry, government, and academia in the ongoing transformation of the automobile.
In the face of increasing global competition, GM and other North American automakers recognize the critical need for trained graduates across multiple disciplines. EcoCAR 3 is preparing the next generation of engineers who understand the multi-faceted process of global vehicle development and the collaboration required to combat transportation and energy-related challenges.
I’ve had the pleasure of being involved in all of the previous AVTCs with GM-donated vehicles, including: EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future (Chevrolet Malibu), EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge (Saturn Vue) and Challenge X: Crossover to Sustainable Mobility (Chevrolet Equinox).
I can’t wait to see what happens over the next four years and how the teams will work with the Camaro as they gain hands-on experience with industry-leading engineering tools and the latest vehicle components and technologies.
To learn more about EcoCAR 3 and see which 16 universities were chosen for the completion, visit the EcoCAR 3 website.
Jim Kolhoff is Global Chief Engineer & Program Manager of Transmission & Hybrid Controls at General Motors. He is also the co-executive GM lead for EcoCAR 3.