Event Update:

IEEE VTS Motor Vehicles Challenge 2018

5 January, 2018 | Events & Conferences, Vehicular Technology


The Vehicular Technology Society and Argonne National Laboratory are proud to launch the IEEE VTS Motor Vehicles Challenge 2018.

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  • a special version of the Autonomie Software (provided by Argonne National Lab)
  • a validated vehicle model based of the Chevrolet Volt configuration
  • a simplified vehicle control model for the energy management

Figure 1: 2012 GM Volt tested in the Argonne National Laboratory

In October 2016, a first international challenge devoted to the energy management of a fuel cell/battery vehicle was launched during the 2016 IEEE Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference (VPPC), in Hangzhou, China. Following the success of this first initiative, IEEE VTS and Argonne National Laboratory propose a second challenge focused on the energy management of a Range Extender Electric Vehicle like the Chevrolet Volt. Both Academic and Professional teams are welcomed to participate in this challenge. The aim is to develop a robust Energy Management Strategy to minimize the combined cost of fuel and battery charging. In this way, a validated vehicle model and control will be provided to the challenge participants by the use of the Autonomie software, developed by the Argonne National Laboratory, and based on Matlab, SimulinkTM, & StateflowTM. The top scoring participants will be distinguished with a monetary award and invited to present their results in a special session at the 2018 IEEE VPPC in Chicago.

Figure 2: Chevy Volt System Architecture


Challenge Committee:

  • Chairs of the challenge

Dr. Samir Jemeï (University of Franche-Comté, France)

Prof. Loïc Boulon (Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Canada)

  • Chair of the VPP technical committee

Prof. Alain Bouscayrol (Université of Lille, France)

  • Heads of the challenge technical committee

Dr. Clément Dépature (Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Canada)

Sylvain Pagerit (Argonne National Laboratory, USA)

Aymeric Rousseau (Argonne National Laboratory, USA)


Important dates:

  • February 1st 2018: closing date for registration, you can start to work right now! The participation is free!
  • March 1st 2018: Energy Management Strategy submission deadline
  • April 2018 : Results



  • First prize: $3000 grant to attend the IEEE Vehicular Power & Propulsion Conference 2018 in Chicago (USA)
  • Second prize $1500 grant to attend the IEEE Vehicular Power & Propulsion Conference 2018 in Chicago (USA)


The challenge is open to everyone (academics, students, industrials, etc). Participation to the challenge is free. However, only the VTS members at the moment of the registration will opt to receive the awards


Compete with the best teams from around the world!

All the technical and practical information are available on:  www.motorvehicleschallenge.org

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