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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), General Motors and other key  sponsors like Natural Resources Canada, MathWorks, dSPACE and A123 Systems are sponsoring EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future. Managed by Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), EcoCAR 2 launches in the 2011 academic year following the Year Three Finals of EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge.

Today, ANL’s Kristen De La Rosa will be in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada at the International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition (IMECE), the annual meeting of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), where she will announce the release of the EcoCAR 2 Request for Proposal (RFP) to the ASME Department Heads Forum.

Through the competitive RFP process, up to 16 universities will be awarded a highly-coveted spot on the roster for EcoCAR 2. The selected teams will be charged with minimizing the environmental impact of a GM production vehicle utilizing various electric powertrain architectures. EcoCAR 2 will provide an invaluable opportunity for college and university students to take part in hands-on automotive research and development while using industry-leading tools and practices.

If you think your school is up for the challenge, go to the EcoCAR 2 website to complete the Notice of Program Interest and receive a copy of the RFP. University proposals are due on January 11, 2011 and teams will be announced in April 2011.

Questions concerning the RFP and EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future should be sent to Consult the FAQs and related discussions at

It’s hard to believe that EcoCAR 2 is already on the horizon, but Argonne National Laboratory has released the Notice of Program Interest for EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), General Motors (GM) and other sponsors such as Natural Resources Canada, EcoCAR 2 is North America’s Premier Collegiate Automotive Engineering Competition Series. Beginning in Academic Year 2011, EcoCAR 2 will build upon the 22-year history of DOE Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions (AVTC) and seeks to develop the next generation of automotive engineers with unparalleled experience designing, building, promoting and demonstrating advanced vehicle technologies. Up to 16 universities will be selected to participate through a competitive Request For Proposal (RFP) process. Participating teams will be challenged to minimize the environmental impact of a GM production vehicle utilizing various electric powertrain architectures.

The RFP will be out in November and proposals will be due in January 2011.

Watch the video below for a preview of the EcoCAR competition and what the future holds.

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