US Department of Energy, General Motors and MathWorks Announce EcoCAR EV Challenge


Universities receive $6 million to redesign a Cadillac LYRIQ 2023

WASHINGTON, April 222022 /PRNewswire/ — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), General Motors and MathWorks today announced the 15 North American universities selected to participate in the EcoCAR EV Challenge, the upcoming Advanced Vehicle Technology (AVTC) competition. sponsored by the DOE which is expected to begin in the fall of 2022, and the 2023 Cadillac LYRIQ as the vehicle selected for the challenge.

More … than $6 million will be provided to selected universities, including five minority-serving institutions, for students to pursue advanced research in mobility and experiential learning. This investment supports the recruitment and retention of students and faculty from underrepresented minorities to help create a VE talent pool that reflects the diversity of North America.

Run by Argonne National Laboratory, the EcoCAR EV Challenge will be at the forefront of automotive engineering education, serving as a proving ground for future automotive engineers. The four-year competition will challenge students to design a next-generation battery-electric vehicle (BEV) that deploys Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) functionality to implement energy-efficient and customer-pleasing features, while meeting the decarbonization needs of the automotive industry.

“These budding energy leaders are answering President Biden’s call to get more Americans to use electric vehicles,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “College competitions like EcoCAR are key to creating a clean energy talent pool that reflects America’s diversity and makes room for more domestic manufacturing to strengthen our energy independence.”

General Motors will donate a 2023 Cadillac LYRIQ to each team, challenging them to design, build, refine and demonstrate the potential of their advanced propulsion systems and CAV technologies over four years of competition. Teams will be tasked with complex and real-world technical challenges, including improving their LYRIQ’s propulsion system to optimize fuel efficiency while maintaining consumer expectations for performance and driving experience.

“We are proud to support EcoCAR and its mission to help prepare the next generation of the automotive workforce,” said Steve Carlisleexecutive vice president and president of GM, North America. “As students work on LYRIQ, they develop real-world knowledge and skills that will help accelerate their impact on transforming the automotive industry. The EcoCAR program provides an exceptional educational experience for students and an exceptional talent pool for GM. look forward to working with these students on our journey to a zero emissions future. »

To improve diversity in STEM and higher education, diversity, equity and inclusion will be mainstreamed into all areas of the competition. Teams will be challenged to identify and solve specific mobility equity and electrification issues through the application of innovative hardware and software solutions, outreach to underserved communities and underserved youth. represented to increase awareness of advanced mobility and recruit underrepresented minorities into STEM fields. Five minority-serving institutions, including two historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), will also share more than $1 million to strengthen their automotive programs and to recruit and retain students and faculty from underrepresented minorities.

“We are thrilled to once again partner with the DOE and GM to provide students with real-world lab opportunities,” said Lauren Tabolinsky, academic program manager for MathWorks. “Providing the latest tools and resources to university teams is a crucial part of training the next generation of engineers and preparing them to start their careers, especially with the development of electric vehicle technology.”

Universities selected to participate in the EcoCAR EV Challenge include:

  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University/ Bethune-Cookman University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • McMaster University (Canada)
  • Mississippi State University
  • Ohio State University / Wilberforce University
  • University of Alabama
  • University of California, Riverside
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Waterloo (Canada)
  • Virginia Tech
  • West Virginia University

“Argonne has operated the Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions program for the DOE in partnership with the automotive industry for more than three decades. The EcoCAR EV Challenge will build on the program’s rich history to provide North America first training ground for future EV engineers. Both academia and industry recognize the role of experiential learning in preparing students for the rapidly changing automotive workforce,” said Kristen Wahl, director of the AVTC (Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition) program at the Argonne National Laboratory. “This year, the selection process was very competitive due to the number of outstanding applications we received from universities, large and small, across the United States and Canada. We are excited to see what these teams will accomplish to support the country’s transition to clean energy and electric vehicles. »

These universities will form teams of students with multidisciplinary engineering skills, such as mechanical, electrical, computer and software engineering. The teams will also engage students from various other backgrounds such as communications, public relations, business, and project management to mimic the real-life experience of working in the automotive industry. This interdisciplinary approach is essential to the success of EcoCAR and also prepares students for successful careers in the mobility sector.

The competition will begin in the fall of 2022 and end in May 2026. For more information, please visit or

About the EcoCAR EV Challenge:
EcoCAR EV Challenge is a four-year college engineering program that builds on the successful 34-year history of the Department of Energy’s Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions (AVTC) that exemplify the power of government/industry partnerships to address our nation’s toughest energy and mobility challenges and provide invaluable practical skills to promising young minds ready to enter the workforce.

The EcoCAR EV Challenge is managed by Argonne National Laboratory and sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, General Motors and MathWorks as title sponsors.

General Motors provides each of the competing teams with a Cadillac LYRIQ – the brand’s first all-electric vehicle built on GM’s Ultium platform which includes a common set of propulsion components – battery cells, modules, packs and a family for Ultium Drive units. GM also provides vehicle components, start-up funds, technical mentorship and operational support.

A core tenet of EcoCAR is the use of Model-Based Design, a mathematical and visual design approach using MATLAB and Simulink that allows users to quickly and cost-effectively manage projects, collaborate on designs, and develop complex embedded systems. MathWorks provides teams with a full suite of software tools, simulation models, training, technical mentoring, and operational support.

The US Department of Energy and its research and development center, Argonne National Laboratory, provide competition management, team evaluation and logistical support. Other sponsors provide hardware, software and training.

Reference to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise does not constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation, or favor of the U.S. Department of Energy by the U.S. Government or any agency thereof. The Department of Energy’s role in this competition does not include the solicitation or selection of sponsorships, or the establishment of sponsorship criteria.

Contact: Kimberly DeClarkEcoCAR
(202) 441-0096

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