As of August 2015, one Collegiate Design Series hybrid vehicle competition, sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers International, or SAE, takes place in Gorman, California in May 2016, according to the SAE's Baja California chapter. California State University, Los Angeles, is a participant in the national EcoCar 3 competition.
EcoCar 3 is also called the Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition, or AVTC. The U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors both sponsor this national design contest for undergraduate and graduate students. EcoCar 3 is a four-year competition, beginning in the Fall of 2014. The Year One winning team is Ohio State University; Ohio State was also the overall winning team in the EcoCar 2 competition, which ended in mid-2014.