HPVC: Human Powered Vehicle Challenge

Select your local event to learn more about E-Fests Competitions

HPVC events take place at ASME’s global E-Fests (Engineering Festivals). 


You must register online for HPVC through the regional E-Fest website.

Event Date Location
E-Fest Asia Pacific February 28 - March 1, 2020 Marwadi University, Rajkot, Gujarat  India
E-Fest North April 3-5, 2020 Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI  USA
E-Fest South April 24-26. 2020 Georgia Nat'l Fairgrounds & Agricenter, Perry, GA  USA
E-Fest South America   More Info Coming Soon





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Human-powered transport is often the only type available in underdeveloped or inaccessible parts of the world, and if well designed, can be an increasingly viable form of sustainable transportation.

ASME's international Human Powered Vehicle Challenge (HPVC) provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate the application of sound engineering design principles in the development of sustainable and practical transportation alternatives.In the HPVC, students work in teams to design and build efficient, highly engineered vehicles for everyday use—from commuting to work, to carrying goods to market.

Eligibility & Requirements

Any student who was enrolled in an engineering program during the previous semester or quarter, but graduated no earlier than six months prior to the competition date, is eligible to participate. Participation in all HPVC events is not restricted to political boundaries and are open to eligible students globally.

The first stage of the competition involves the preparation of a comprehensive design report. The second part includes a demonstration of a technical innovation included in the design, a speed event (either 100 meter flying start time trial or head-to-head drag race) and a 2.5 hour endurance race held over the course of a weekend.

Awards & Prizes

The following list reflects the minimum prize increments for winners of the Human Powered Vehicle Challenge. Additional prizes and/or special award categories may apply, as determined by the ASME HPVC Committee and host institution.

Prizes listed below represent total amounts conferred to winning teams, not to individual team members. Each winning Team Leader will be responsible for claiming his/her team prize following the competition, and is thereby responsible for the distribution of award monies to his/her teammates. Team Contact/Leader will contact ASME staff via e-mail to facilitate the payment process following the HPVC events.

Overall – 1st Place $1,000 USD and a Trophy
Overall – 2nd  Place $750 USD and a Trophy
Overall – 3rd Place $500 USD and a Trophy
Design Event – 1st Place $250 USD and a Trophy
Design Event – 2nd  Place Trophy
Design Event – 3rd Place Trophy
Men’s Speed Event – 1st Place $250 USD and a Trophy
Men’s Speed Event – 2nd  Place Trophy
Men’s Speed Event – 3rd Place Trophy
Women’s Speed Event – 1st Place $250 USD and a Trophy
Women’s Speed Event – 2nd  Place Trophy
Women’s Speed Event – 3rd Place Trophy
Endurance Event – 1st Place $250 USD and a Trophy
Endurance Event – 2nd  Place Trophy
Endurance Event – 3rd Place Trophy
Best Innovation Trophy
Best Perseverance Trophy
Best Sportsmanship Trophy
Best Team Spirit Trophy