Competition Sponsors

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.

General Motors 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: The Next Challenge, 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.

GM donated 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 and donated 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.

About General Motors: General Motors, one of the world’s largest automakers, traces its roots back to 1908. With its global headquarters in Detroit, GM employs 204,000 people in every major region of the world and does business in some 140 countries. GM and its strategic partners produce cars and trucks in 34 countries, and sell and service these vehicles through the following brands: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, GM Daewoo, Holden, Opel, Vauxhall, and Wuling. GM’s largest national market is the United States, followed by China, Brazil, Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Italy. GM’s OnStar subsidiary is the industry leader in vehicle safety, security, and information services. General Motors acquired operations from General Motors Corporation on July 10, 2009, and references to prior periods in this and other press materials refer to operations of the old General Motors Corporation.

Diamond Level

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.

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.

California Air Resources Board logo

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.

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


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.

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).

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. 

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.

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

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.

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. Check out out Sponsor Collaboration Video we did with Snap On in 2011!

Silver Level

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.

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.

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.

Bronze Level

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ricardo is a global, world-class, multi-industry consultancy for engineering, technology, project innovation and strategy. With a century of delivering value, we employ over 1900 professional engineers, consultants and staff. Our people are committed to providing outstanding value through quality engineering solutions focused on high efficiency, low emission, class-leading product innovation and robust strategic implementation. Our client list includes the world’s major transportation Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM), supply chain organisations, energy companies, financial institutions & governments. Guided by our corporate values of respect, integrity, creativity & innovation and passion, we enable our customers to achieve sustainable growth and commercial success.

Ricardo is proud to be a sponsor of EcoCAR 2: Plugging In To the Future. Working with the college teams, shaping the future of alternative energy and developing the innovative spirit of future engineers is part of Ricardo’s corporate culture of innovation and technology excellence.

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.

New Eagle, located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, offers controls system solutions including tools, products, and services. Founded in 2000, the New Eagle team has its roots in New Eagle Software, the developer of RapidHawk, the forerunner of MotoHawk owned by Woodward, Inc. Today, New Eagle is the distributor and integrator of Mechatronic Controls, including MotoHawk enabled products using the Talon model-based development process. EcoCAR 2 teams will receive much needed hardware for their data acquisition systems from New Eagle. The company will also provide electrical and control engineers for safety/technical inspections and team mentoring.

Gage Products Company, a $55 million firm headquartered in the Detroit suburb of Ferndale, is a growing supplier of custom-blended fuels for product development and for quality emission-control testing by automotive OEMs, engine manufacturers and their suppliers. Gage Products Company has been providing custom blended test fuels, calibration fluids, refined products, factory fills, and blended solvents since 1936. Gage Products Company is proud to provide specially formulated fuels to the university teams participating in the annual Eco car competition. A leading supplier of test fuels, custom fuels blends and reference fuels, Gage is also a proud sponsor of the SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge for the last 11 uninterrupted years.

Sensors, Inc. was founded in 1969, and has evolved to become the leader in developing innovative gas analysis technology, primarily for use in the transportation industry. The company has decades of experience and expertise in the design and manufacture of measurement systems that are widely distributed throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia. Sensors, Inc. also provides in-field emissions and fuel-economy testing services covering a wide range of applications including on- and off-road vehicles and equipment, and marine, mining, and power generation systems using internal combustion engines. In 1999, Sensors, Inc. acquired Sensors Devices in Germany, ensuring a presence in Europe and expanding its product base to include analyzers for environmental applications. They are also one of the newest sponsors for EcoCAR 2: Plugging In To the Future.

The EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality’s (OTAQ) mission is to reconcile the transportation sector with the environment by advancing clean fuels and technology and working to promote more livable communities. OTAQ is responsible for carrying out laws to control air pollution from motor vehicles, engines and their fuels. Mobile sources include cars and light trucks, large trucks and buses, farm and construction equipment, lawn and garden equipment, marine engines, aircraft and locomotives. The EPA’s National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory (NVFEL) is part of OTAQ. Established in 1971 shortly after the creation of EPA, NVFEL is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and has about 400 employees with staff expertise spanning a variety of technical and public policy fields. The NVFEL provides emission testing services for motor vehicle, heavy-duty engine and non-road engine programs in support of U.S. EPA-OTAQ rulemakings, enforcement actions and procedures development. Testing activities include certifying that vehicles and engines meet federal emissions and fuel economy standards, testing vehicles and engines for in-use compliance and analyzing fuels, fuel additives and exhaust compounds.

EPA will be providing high-accuracy emissions measurement equipment in support of the Emissions and Energy consumption events this year at GM’s Desert Proving Ground-Yuma and next year at the Milford Proving Ground. Without EPA’s support and expertise, the execution of our emissions testing event would not be possible! For more information, visit

The Transportation Research Center (TRC) is a transportation proving ground supporting the automotive industry. Located in Marysville, Ohio, the company specializes in R&D testing as well as testing to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) and industry certification and compliance standards. Testing for safety, fuel economy, emissions, durability and performance are accomplished at the 4,500-acre facility, which includes: 7.5-mile test track, crash testing facility, 24″ HYGE Sled, Static Fixture Labs, emissions laboratory, 50-acre Vehicle Dynamics Area, 9,000-foot skid pad, off-highway area and ride quality roads. TRC Inc. is an ISO 9001 and 14001 registered company.

TRC will be providing the facilities, resources and expertise to support the EcoCAR 2 Year Three emissions testing event! More details are to come, but all competition vehicles will be allowed several hours of testing time on a 2 or 4-wheel-drive chassis dynamometer with full emissions measurement capability. This event will ultimately give teams vital testing time in a controlled environment to provide valuable data for vehicle control strategy calibration and improvement as well as for EcoCAR student theses and dissertations. For information on TRC Inc., visit

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