Headline Level

The U.S. Department of Energy, through Argonne National Laboratory, provides overall competition management, team evaluation, and technical and logistical support for EcoCAR, the premier DOE-sponsored student vehicle competition. U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) launched its student vehicle competition program in 1989 to demonstrate and test technologies developed in laboratories. By combining the next generation of technical innovators with emerging advanced transportation technologies, the EcoCAR competition helps ensure a sustainable, environmentally responsible transportation future. DOE and its network of national laboratories maintain an aggressive research and development program in advanced vehicle technologies, including fuel cells, energy storage, hybrid systems, advanced materials, alternative fuels, and heat engines. DOE continues to develop new technology to improve vehicle efficiency and lessen our dependence on foreign oil. Through the student vehicle competition program, close to 20,000 students have received hands-on engineering experience and many of them have moved on to take jobs in the automotive industry, bringing with them an understanding of and enthusiasm for advanced vehicle technologies. For more information, visit www.eere.energy.gov/vehiclesandfuels.



For more than 15 years, General Motors (GM) has joined the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to sponsor several successful student engineering competition programs. Most recently, GM and DOE have teamed up as headline sponsors of EcoCAR 2: Plugging in to the Future, the latest advanced vehicle technology competition program.

The three-year competition, modeled after the GM global vehicle development process, brings students into the real world of vehicle development and better prepares them to make a faster contribution to the engineering profession and the automotive industry.

Each participating university team is re-engineering a vehicle donated by GM, with three basic goals: reduce energy consumption, decrease emissions, and maintain the performance and utility features of the stock vehicle. For this competition, the teams are also required to emulate the vehicle categories from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) zero emissions vehicle (ZEV) requirements. They are encouraged to explore a variety of technology solutions including electric, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and fuel cells.

GM will donate vehicles to each of the university teams at the end of the first year of the competition. GM also provided each university team with seed money in Year 1, and donates the use of its engineering, testing, and proving ground facilities for student workshops and competitions. Finally, GM provides highly controlled access to its intellectual property as well as engineering staff support and mentoring — including a program manager, team mentors, and event judges—and communications support for the competition series.

General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world’s largest and fastest-growing automotive markets.  GM’s brands include Chevrolet and Cadillac, as well as Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Isuzu, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at www.gm.com


Diamond Level

Natural Resources Canada


The Government of Canada has been a longtime supporter of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition program, providing technical and program support for more than 21 competitions over 18 years. EcoCAR underscores the Government of Canada’s commitment to addressing greenhouse gas reductions and supporting sustainable energy policies and advanced automotive technologies. Support to EcoCAR is provided by Natural Resources Canada and Transport Canada.

Natural Resources Canada provides knowledge, expertise, and program activities for the sustainable development and use of Canada’s natural resources and to support the global competitiveness of its resource and related sectors. This includes energy activities that encompass policy development, market development programs, and international activities in energy efficiency, renewables, transportation technologies, alternative fuels, and conventional fuels. Transport Canada is responsible for transportation policies and programs. It ensures that air, marine, road, and rail transportation are safe, secure, efficient, and environmentally responsible.

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The MATLAB and Simulink product families are fundamental computational tools at the world’s educational institutions. Adopted by more than 5,000 universities and colleges, MathWorks products accelerate the pace of learning, teaching, and research in engineering and science. MathWorks products also help prepare students for careers in industry, where the tools are widely used for research and development. MATLAB and Simulink users are making better and faster progress in vital areas. Using techniques like Model-Based Design they are changing how systems as diverse as automobiles, cell phones, robots, washing machines, and wind turbines are developed. Mathematical models, formerly the province of research, are now used to analyze, design, implement, and test these increasingly complex systems, addressing the competitive need to innovate while reducing development costs and time-to-market. In education, these same approaches are providing students with a stronger systems perspective, while enabling more engaging and hands-on learning.

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California’s state legislature established the Air Resources Board in 1967 to protect public health, the economy, and the state’s ecological resources through the reduction of air pollution. With the passage of AB 32, the agency must now also develop and implement strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Since its formation, the ARB has successfully worked with the public, environmental groups, businesses, and local and federal agencies to cooperatively reach our clean air goals. While many problems persist, California now enjoys its cleanest air in more than 50 years.

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Clean Cities is part of the Vehicle Technologies Program in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Clean Cities strives to advance the nation’s energy, environmental, and economic security by supporting local decisions to reduce our dependence on imported petroleum. Clean Cities has a network of approximately 90 volunteer coalitions, which develop public/ private partnerships to promote alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies, such as electric drive vehicles, and other petroleum reduction practices, such as idle reduction technologies and fuel economy initiatives.

The Clean Cities program is funding the EcoCAR 2 outreach coordinators fellowship. This presents a great opportunity for students to participate in the EcoCAR 2 marketing efforts and support their local Clean Cities coalitions.

Platinum Level

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dSPACE, Inc. is a market innovator and leading producer of engineering tools for embedded controller development. We provide integrated systems for prototyping control algorithms, automatic production code generation, controller testing, controller calibration, and engineering support services. We look forward to participating in the EcoCAR competition as an opportunity to empower student engineers to quickly develop innovative solutions to the challenges of reduced emissions, increased performance, and driver satisfaction. Our robust and comprehensive ECU development environment can dramatically reduce development time and costs, while providing increased flexibility for continuous process modifications. Today, more than 15,000 dSPACE systems are in use worldwide, serving customers in the automotive, aerospace, commercial/off-highway, agricultural, educational, engineering, robotics, and noise and vibration industries. Visit www.dspaceinc.com for more information.

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A123 Systems (NASDAQ: AONE) develops and manufactures advanced Nanophosphate® lithium ion batteries and energy storage systems for the transportation, electric grid, and commercial market. The company was founded in 2001 based on novel nanoscale technology initially developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and currently employs more than 2,200 people globally.

A123’s high-performance Nanophosphate lithium-ion battery technology delivers high power and energy density combined with excellent safety performance and extensive life cycling in a lighter-weight, compact package. A123’s growing list of blue-chip customers in the automotive market includes leading passenger car makers (including Fisker Automotive, GM, and SAIC, the largest automaker in China) as well as companies

focused on the truck/bus market (including Eaton, Navistar, and BAE Systems).

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Freescale is a global leader in the design and manufacture of embedded semiconductors for the automotive, consumer, industrial, and networking markets. The privately held company is based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing, and sales operations around the world. For more information, visit www.freescale.com.

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AVL Powertrain Engineering is the world’s largest privately owned and independent company for the development of gasoline, diesel, and alternative fuel powertrain systems, as well as fuel cell and hybrid technologies. For more than 60 years, AVL has been active in the development of engines and powertrains providing low fuel consumption. Powertrain Engineering activities embrace all functions from concept definition through to production development. Supported by comprehensive in-house research, AVL’s engineering specialists design and develop engines for both stationary and mobile applications, transmissions, and complete powertrain systems.

The company offers combined solutions of powertrain engineering, simulation software, and testing and instrumentation systems. AVL guarantees close cooperation with customers by affiliates and local offices worldwide. AVL’s North American headquarters is located in the Detroit suburb of Plymouth, Michigan.

By supporting EcoCAR, AVL is proving its commitment to the future of our industry with the ongoing, hands-on education of tomorrow’s engineers and leaders. For more information, visit www.avl.com.

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) is a longtime supporter of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions. In addition to providing financial support to EcoCAR 2, each year the NSF provides awards to faculty members who have made significant contributions to the goals of the EcoCAR 2 program and to engineering education. NSF is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering, with an annual budget of approximately $6.5 billion in fiscal year 2009. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants and cooperative agreements to nearly 2,000 universities and institutions. Each year, NSF receives about 55,600 competitive requests for funding, and makes about 13,000 new funding awards. The NSF also awards over $425 million in professional and service contracts yearly.

Gold Level

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ETAS provides a comprehensive suite of open tools for vehicle ECU development, used extensively by both automotive and heavy duty diesel manufacturers.  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.

Complete solutions for control-systems development, i.e. modeling/integration, Hardware-in-the-Loop (HiL), rapid-prototyping, and measurement/calibration are the most 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 ETAS portfolio also includes engineering services, training, and premium customer support.

ETAS is an active participant in standards consortiums such as ASAM, OSEK, Nexus, AUTOSAR, AESAS, FlexRay, LIN, and JasPar. 680 ETAS personnel worldwide represent the company in the markets of Germany, the United States, Brazil, Japan, Korea, China, India, France, and Great Britain.

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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 our 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.

Silver Level

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Magna is the most diversified automotive supplier in the world. We design, develop, and manufacture technologically advanced automotive systems, assemblies, modules, and components, and engineer and assemble complete vehicles, primarily for manufacturers of cars and light trucks. As an organization that values teamwork, innovation, and the entrepreneurial spirit, we are proud to sponsor the EcoCAR competition and the talented engineering students who participate.

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Magna is the most diversified automotive supplier in the world. We design, develop, and manufacture technologically advanced automotive systems, assemblies, modules, and components, and engineer and assemble complete vehicles, primarily for manufacturers of cars and light trucks. As an organization that values teamwork, innovation, and the entrepreneurial spirit, we are proud to sponsor the EcoCAR competition and the talented engineering students who participate.

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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, the Bosch Group manufactures and markets automotive original equipment and aftermarket products, industrial drives and control technology, power tools, security and communication systems, thermotechnology, packaging technology, household appliances, solar energy, and healthcare products. Having established a regional presence in 1906, Bosch employs over 20,000 associates in more than 70 locations, with reported sales of $7.3 billion in fiscal 2009.

Bosch’s involvement in EcoCAR mirrors our future and results focus by fostering the development of future engineering talent. Additionally, Bosch associates come from an extremely wide range of countries. This diversity is an ideal chance for the company and its associates alike to learn from other cultures and benefit from the wealth of perspectives and ideas. Bosch is sponsoring an EcoCAR Diversity Award to encourage EcoCAR teams to similarly embrace and learn from the diversity within teams and the community. For more information on the company, visit www.boschusa.com.

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FleetCarma determines if a specific plug-in vehicle will save you money, before you buy. FleetCarma, developed by CrossChasm Technologies, combines data-logging & modeling to determine Total Cost of Ownership. Additionally, the system determines if the vehicle is range-capable based on your particular usage and driving style. After purchase, FleetCarma provides in-performance monitoring for plug-in (PHEV/EREV/EV) vehicles.

FleetCarma was recently listed on Deloitte’s Green15, a listing of 15 leading cleantech companies. Recognition on the Green15 was also based upon the model-based design and control systems work CrossChasm provides to OEMs and Tier 1s.

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Siemens, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division, is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, with 6.7 million licensed seats and more than 69,500 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Siemens PLM Software works collaboratively with companies to deliver open solutions that help them turn more ideas into successful products. For more information on Siemens PLM Software products and services, visit www. siemens.com/plm.

Bronze Level

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CD-adapco is the leading global provider of full-spectrum engineering simulation (CAE) solutions for fluid flow, heat transfer, stress and more, including Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software, CAD and PLM-embedded CFD tools.  We have over 30 years of experience in delivering industrial strength engineering simulation.  We have over 7000 users of our software, located at 3000 different companies, spending over $100 million on our software and services. Our customer approval ratings are very high; in our last customer survey 93% of our customers declared themselves satisfied, or very satisfied with our software and services, a fact reflected in a consistently high customer retention rate.  Consistently growing at an organic rate of over 17% per year, CD-adapco employs over 550 talented individuals, working at 21 offices around the globe, involved in dedicated support, software development and engineering services.

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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 our premium in-vehicle networking tools: CANoe, CANalyzer, and CANape. To learn more about the Vector story, please visit us at www.vector.com.

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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.

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For more than 85 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. With 2010 sales and revenues of $42.588 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 also is a leading services provider through Caterpillar Financial Services, Caterpillar Remanufacturing Services, Caterpillar Logistics Services and Progress Rail Services.

GKN Driveline


GKN Driveline has 22, 000 employees in more than 57 facilities in over 23countries. 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.



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


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 our embedded market specialization and proven expertise, we’ve 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 our 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.

Delphi Foundation


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.


Women in the Winner's Circle Foundation


Founded in 1994 by former Indy race car driver Lyn St. James, the Women in the Winner’s Circle Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that focuses on worldwide activities and programs for driver development, advocacy, diversity and education, particularly for women who aspire to become race car drivers. The Foundation is dedicated to making a difference and reaching the point in time when “opportunity” and “diversity” are no longer concerns – they are taken for granted. The Foundation’s mission is to provide leadership, vision, resources and financial support to help create an environment of opportunity for women’s growth in the automotive and competitive motorsports fields.

The Women in the Winner’s Circle Foundation is proud to sponsor an award to honor women engineering students who demonstrate outstanding technical excellence and accomplishments in EcoCAR 2. The award is intended to encourage more women to study engineering and pursue a career in automotive engineering after graduation.



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.


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