Since 2014

McMaster
EcoCAR

Participating in North America’s Premier Collegiate Automotive Engineering Competition.
PARTNERED With the Best in the Industry

Overview

A team of engineering students at McMaster University, set to engineer the next-generation battery electric vehicle (BEV) with the 2023 Cadillac LYRIQ via 4-year competition.

Hands-On Learning

McMaster EcoCAR gives students opportunities to explore, design, and integrate through involved, real-world projects, from a custom electric powertrain to a composite high voltage battery enclosure.

Sponsorship

The team is grateful to receive support from many competition and team sponsors, without whom goals could not have been achieved. Interested in sponsoring? We'd love to hear from you!

Industry Collaboration

The team works with industry leaders such as dSPACE, General Motors, and MathWorks. We've also collaborated with companies like Valeo, who helped with the design of our custom front end accessory drive.

FALL 2022 – SUMMER 2023

Year 1 deliverables are focused on setting goals and planning for the next leg of the competition. Sub-teams are focused on establishing familiarity and ensuring all software is in working order.

McMaster EcoCAR aims to place Top 5 in competition, promote inclusivity, have all members personally connect to one another, and submit all deliverables well in advance.

FALL 2023 – SUMMER 2024

Follow our website and socials for updates as we gear up to compete with a dozen other universities at the year-end competition!

FALL 2024 – SUMMER 2025

Follow our website and socials for updates as we gear up to compete with a dozen other universities at the year-end competition!

FALL 2025 – SUMMER 2026

Follow our website and socials for updates as we gear up to compete with a dozen other universities at the year-end competition!

Latest
Events

From outreach, to workshops, to tours.

June 11, 2023

★ Year 1 Final Competition

With a flourishing finale, McMaster EcoCAR achieved its highest standing overall, coming in 4th place as a winner for year 1!

Fast Facts

McMaster EcoCAR stands out for a reason—or five.

McMaster EcoCAR has the biggest garage out of all EcoCAR teams

McMaster University ranks #1 for graduate student research intensity in Canada

McMaster University earned the 2nd spot for Canada in the corporate research income category, attracting more than $112 million from its industry partners

McMaster EcoCAR is one of the only two Canadian teams in the EcoCAR EV Challenge

McMaster EcoCAR is the biggest competing engineering club at McMaster University

McMaster EcoCAR has the biggest garage out of all competing teams.

McMaster University ranks #1 for graduate student research intensity in Canada.

McMaster University earned the 2nd spot for Canada in the corporate research income category, attracting $112+ million from its industry partners.

McMaster EcoCAR is one of the only two Canadian teams competing in the EcoCAR EV Challenge.

McMaster EcoCAR is the university's biggest competing engineering club.

Subteams

Five teams working in harmony, for one goal.
The Electrical and Mechanical teams fall under the System Design and Integration (SDI) group, working on the design, integration, evaluation and refinement of the propulsion systems and components to ensure proper vehicle operation while maintaining safety.

They work closely with the Systems Safety team to develop test cases for fault detection, to prevent the vehicle from going into failure mode.
Meet the team
The Propulsion, Control and Modelling (PCM) subteam investigates propulsion architectures, vehicle control, and modelling of the BEV and subsystems.
The Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) team is focused on developing, integrating and refining CAD hardware and software for automated driving feature deployment. Their work involves sensor integration, autonomy stack architecture design, and perception algorithm review.
The Communications subteam is responsible for promotional events, recruitment, community engagement, outreach, and social media management.
The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) subteam is focused on implementing DEI initiatives and apply accessibility considerations across all team activities.

Experience

An impact in career, in schooling, in community, that extends beyond the surface.
EcoCAR means the world to me. I am so glad to be a part of this organization. Having organizer/industry support and direction to further enhance sustainable transportation through implementation of propulsion systems and automated vehicle technologies while enhancing energy efficiency, maintaining consumer appeal, and addressing climate change which are all part of the world's transition to a greener, safer, more inclusive and more sustainable future.
Nilou Keshmiri
Project Manager

Experiences

An impact in career, in schooling, in community, that extends beyond the surface.
For me, my favourite thing about EcoCAR is about applying what I learned in school to read-world applications that I am passionate about. My drive and interest in engineering a world that can be efficient, clean, and sustainable while exploring new designs and ideas in a judgment-free area means everything to me.
Carolyn Visser
Mechanical Lead

Experiences

An impact in career, in schooling, in community, that extends beyond the surface.
EcoCAR has been a great experience that I am very happy to be a part of. It has given me the ability to work with many industry professionals as well as develop real-world skills. Being involved in EcoCAR has also provided me with many relationships that I never would have obtained without joining and being involved. I have met life long friends and made relationships that make the team feel like one big family.
Alastair Irvine
SDI Technical Specialist

Experiences

An impact in career, in schooling, in community, that extends beyond the surface.