Efficiency Challenge Electric Vehicle is an annual competition for universities organized by TÜBİTAK since 2005. The competition takes place each summer in Turkey and aims to create awareness of alternative energy use, to raise university students’ capability to put their knowledge into practice and to work across disciplinary boundaries.
The rules are designed to provide teams to demonstrate their electric cars’ efficiency and test the reliability of their mechanics and electrical systems. Challenge attracts more than a thousand students each year. Besides understanding of alternative energy technologies, it allows students to improve their marketing and management skills.
The competition was first organized in 2005 under the name of Solar Electric Vehicle Challenge (Formula-G). In 2007, Hydrogen Fuelled Vehicle (Hydromobile) category was added to the competition. When we look at the research and practices all over the world concerning electrical vehicles, we see that battery-fed vehicles are at the forefront and in the near future battery-fed vehicles will become common in our daily lives. For that reason, Battery Electric Vehicle (Electromobile) category has been included within the scope of the competition since 2014.
Efficiency Challenge Electric Vehicle competition, with the participation of international teams for the first time in its 12th year, aims at emphasizing the environmental sensitivity of university students and creating environments that will enable the development of new technological advancements.
In its 14th year, TÜBİTAK is expanding the Challenge to include “Autonomous Category” to ongoing electric vehicles competition. This will raise awareness in driverless vehicle technologies among the university students from multiple including but not limited to mechanical, electrical, electronics and computer engineering. At the same time, it will help train engineers with technical knowledge and practical competence in the technology.
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