Over the next four years, UC Davis students will be designing the car of the future as part of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s EcoCAR Electric Vehicle (EV) Challenge. The competition challenges students to convert a Cadillac LYRIQ EV into an autonomous, next-generation battery-electric vehicle with vehicle-to-everything connectivity so it can interact with devices and the environment.
Gifts support students who will gain teamwork, leadership and hands-on automotive engineering experience with a full-scale vehicle that can help them launch their careers. In the process, they will solve technical challenges in mechanical and electrical engineering, computer science, systems architecture and computer vision and sensing. They will also participate in outreach and consider how their designs and EV technology might benefit historically underserved communities.