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the automotive industry and enable North America to remain competitive in the global marketplace.


The New Parameters Cost is one of the key remaining barriers to market ac-


ceptance of any advanced vehicle and is always a top concern for automakers, especially in the design phase. Adding cost considerations into the competition’s judging criteria makes EcoCAR 3 more relevant to the real-world challenges that face the industry. As advanced technologies penetrate into the light-duty


vehicle market, the additional cost associated with these tech- nologies must be addressed. Terefore, in their powertrain selection process, teams will be required to consider the incre- mental increase in upfront cost compared to the stock vehicle. In addition to cost, EcoCAR 3 will also emphasize automo-


tive innovation throughout all four years of the competition. Te only requirement is that the innovative technology needs to be related to the competition through the areas of consumer acceptability, performance, energy consumption or emissions. Big challenges require big solutions, so we’re really encour- aging teams to dream big and show us what they can do.


Partner Support AVTCs continue to power engineering education into the


future and represent a unique coalition of government, industry and academic partners who join forces to explore sustain- able vehicle solutions. Te DOE, through Argonne National Laboratory, provides overall competition management, team evaluation and technical and logistical support for the DOE ACTVs. 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. AVTCs also rely on the thoughtful in-kind donations and


sponsorships from our many partners. GM supplies each team with seed money and program initiation funding for teams who were not included in the EcoCAR 2 series. GM also pro- vides a variety of powertrain components and other produc- tion parts, a light-duty production vehicle, proprietary vehicle data, technical support and mentoring. In addition to headline sponsorship from the DOE and


GM, EcoCAR 3’s supporters include: • MathWorks • National Science Foundation • California Air Resources Board • Freescale • Clean Cities • AVL Powertrain Engineering Inc. • Robert Bosch LLC


Overview of the teams at work in a garage at GM”s Milford Proving Grounds during EcoCAR 2.


• ETAS • dSPACE Inc. • Snap-On Tools • Siemens PLM Soſtware • GKN Driveline • Transportation Research Center • Woodward • EnerDel • Proterra • Ricardo • New Eagle • Vector CANtech • EcoMotors • Electric Power Research Institute • A123 Systems LLC. In the previous competition series, sponsors provided


more than $940 million of in-kind and cash support to the participating universities. Teams in EcoCAR 3 receive similar support comprised of seed money, GRA funding, outreach grants and travel allotments. Teams are also given hardware such as the competition vehicle, engines, transmissions and production parts, electric traction drive systems, ESSs, tools, HIL simulators, controllers, chargers, etc. Extensive cutting- edge soſtware donations are provided and include tools for a wide range of engineering activities. I can’t thank these sponsors enough. Tey make my job eas-


ier, make dreams come true for these future automotive leaders and enhance curriculum at universities across North America. I also can’t wait to see what happens over the next four years


and see 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. More information about EcoCAR 3 may be found at www.


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