The UW EcoCAR team is currently competing in the EcoCAR Mobility Challenge, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, General Motors, Mathworks, and is managed by Argonne National Laboratory. The EcoCAR Mobility Challenge is an advanced vehicle technology competition in which 12 North American universities are redesigning a 2019 Chevrolet Blazer in order to reduce energy consumption and emissions. This is done by implementing advanced propulsion systems, electrification, SAE Level 2 automation, and vehicle connectivity, all while balancing factors such as emissions, safety, utility, and consumer acceptability. Additional information, including detailed descriptions of sub-teams, can be found on the UW EcoCAR website

Getting Involved

The UW EcoCAR team is student-driven, with support form faculty advisors and external industry advisors. It is open it all class standings (freshman through grade student) and is looking for students from all engineering disciples, as well as business and communications. 

The EcoCAR team is composed of different technical and administrative sub-teams. Technical sub-teams include a propulsion system integration team, a propulsion controls & modeling team, a connective and automative vehicles team, and a human-machine interaction team. The administrative sub-team focuses on business and communications-related aspects of the project. 

The EcoCar team typically expects students to commit an average of 10 hours per week and is looking for students who can commit to one or more years of involvement. This team has a well-developed organization instruction, with a broad spectrum of projects. New team members, who invest themselves in this project, will have a valuable learning experience. 

Students interested in joining VIP should follow the instructions on the Joining page.


Questions regarding the EcoCAR team can be directed to the contacts on the EcoCAR contact info site.