HPVC: Human Powered Vehicle Challenge

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

You must register online for HPVC through the regional E-Fest websites. Registration will be available soon.

ATTENTION E-FESTERS!  Please read this important announcement about ASME E-Fests® in 2021

ASME is excited to host an E-Fest Digital event on April 24, 2021.  E-Fest Digital will include career and professional development content, digital competitions (including the Human Powered Vehicle Challenge, the Student Design Competition, the Innovative Additive Manufacturing 3D Competition, the Oral Competition, the Elevator Pitch Competition and the Environmental Systems Division Competition) and much more!  Additional details will be available soon.  Questions may be directed to efests@asme.org.

We encourage students, competitors, and faculty members to take advantage of the learning experiences provided by both our competitions and other digital offerings throughout the year.  Questions may be directed to efests@asme.org and a digital calendar will be posted on http://efests.asme.org with lots of information.

All ASME conferences, meetings and events scheduled through December 2021 are being planned as virtual only, enabling everyone to enjoy the full benefits of participation via our virtual event solutions with no physical presence required. ASME will not have any physical or in-person events during this time but will continue to deliver the insights and expertise that our community depends upon.  For more information about ASME’s virtual approach to events and meetings, visit https://www.asme.org/anywhere.

Students are encouraged to download E-Fest competitions rules at https://efests.asme.org/competitions for our 2021 Digital events.

Additionally, ASME will be hosting a series of year-long digital events including a Student & Early Career Town Hall (Sept. 17, 8:00 pm – 9:15 pm EDT), E-Fest Careers 2020 (November 7), webinars and other competitions.  Please visit http://efests.asme.org  for more details.


ASME's Human Powered Vehicle Challenge (HPVC) is an engineering design and innovation competition that gives students the opportunity to network and apply engineering principles through the design, fabrication, and racing of human powered vehicles.

The first HPVC competition was in 1983 at the University of California, Davis and was won by California State University, Chico.

Eligibility & Requirements

Any individual that is currently a full-time student, enrolled for the next upcoming semester/quarter, or has been enrolled for the previous semester/quarter, but graduated no earlier than six months prior to the competition date, is eligible to fully participate in the ASME HPVC competition. Participation is open to eligible students globally.

2021 HPVC Rules & Forms

Download the UPDATED 2021 HPVC Rules.

Click here for HPVC Forms.

HPVC Questions

If you have questions, please post them HERE.