eCar Design Challenge

Be Authentic…Do What’s Right…Simplicity…Mobility Services…New Usages…

Sustainable Mobility to address pending environmental, economical and social issues…

There is a new generation of car users, people who feel responsible for their environment. Citizens of all social categories, who strive for the right measures to be taken.

If this means something to you and your passionate about being part of the solution then the eCar Design Challenge is where you can express yourself!

Dassault Systèmes, in collaboration with 40 Fires, is hosting this international design challenge for professionals, students and design enthusiasts.

The car will transport 2 passengers and their luggage with ease. It will have a carbon fibre monocoque. The vehicle will be powered by H2 fuel cell technology, driven by 4 hub motors, one in each wheel. This innovative technology will allow a completely new design layout and therefore a fresh approach to the architecture of the vehicle. For recycling reasons the car body will be finished in raw carbon. New usages & services need to be invented together with a holistic company-philosophy that will seriously address the pending environmental, economical and social issues. Aerodynamics will play a key role in the vehicle design and therefore the car’s frontal footprint must be taken into account.  The vehicle should be aesthetically advanced without being shocking.

Awards: The winning designer will come with DS to the Frankfurt Auto Show in September and present to professionals and the public

The Jury:

3 phases:

  • Sketch It (13th June to 17th July) – post your 2D sketches (3 exterior views + 2 interior views)
  • Model It (18th July to 28th August) – the 5 finalists chosen by the community and the jury will be supported by DS to model their designs in 3D
  • Experience It (29th August to 9th September) – the winning design will be integrated into a 3D virtual experience illustrating the new usages and services

Registration and submission details can be found on the eCar Design Challenge community, just follow the video below to logon and get access:

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Good luck and have fun!

Yours sustainably,


  • miniskooge

    Hi guy’s
    when am trying to register for the competition , i am getting this message and i am not able to continue registeration . Is it a problem with the website and how can u suggest me to get registered successfully . i am very much interested to participate in the competition , so please need help .

    this is the error code i am getting when i am clicking the eCar Design Challenge link … {“errormsg”:””,”errorcode”:””,”errorid”:”PHP-130913654907″,”execlevel”:”prd”,”request_id”:null,”nb_result”:0}

  • Hello Miniskooge!

    Glad you’re interested in participating to the contest! Concerning your issue, have you followed the steps in the video embedded in the article?

    Cheers! 🙂

  • Sylvain Picard

    Hi Miniskooge,

    Could you try to follow this link and create an account on the 3DSwYm platform please:

    You will after be able to find the community with the search tab top right (eCar Design Challenge).

    Let us know if you still have problems 😉

  • miniskooge

    thanks Remi for the help , i could solve it by directly going to the site than clicking the link provided . So now its oK ;-).:-)
    warm regards

  • mahesh G

    Hi Remi ,
    I have two queries
    is it required to model the vehicle using only 3DVIAshape or can we use any other software which we know to produce the 3d model and upload a .iges file .

    2. are the dates for the sketch presentation changed from 3rd july as mentioned in competition webpage to 8th july as mentioned inside the competition schedule . any reply concerning these will be appreciated very much .
    thanks and warm regards

  • Hi Mahesh,
    The dates have changed, we’ve given the community 1 extra week to submit their sketches. There is obsolutely no requirement to use 3DVIA Shape to produce the 3D model, but there is also no need to produce the 3D model until the community has voted the top 5 finalists. Its these top 5 finalists that will have the opportunity to model their sketches in 3D.
    Don’t forget that you can also ask these questions directly on the eCar Design Challenge community

  • mahesh G

    Thanks Jonathan !!
    for the information regarding the contest .
    sure from now on i will ask my queries on the eCar Design Challenge community
    thanks once again for the support and clarifying things .
    warm regards

  • Well it looks like Jonathan was much quicker than me! thanks Jonathan for answering Mahesh (and thanks Sylvain for your input as well!) 🙂

  • Alex

    Well its a good thing I received an email from the mailing list about this the day after the first part is due…

  • to Alex: the dates have changed, it’s been given one extra week! you’re still in! 😉

  • Hakha

    I have a question:
    Can we participate in this competition in group?(with a partner )
    Best Regards

  • Hey Hakha!

    I bet you can but just to be sure review the rules and so on on swym:

    Hope it helped! 🙂

  • Sylvain

    Hi Hakha,

    Yes you can but you have to mention it on your post of participation. Moreover, there will be only one invitation to the interior motives event.


  • KW


    Can’t Iranian designers take part in the design challenge?!

    I ask it, because there is no name of Iran in the list of the countries!


  • Hakha

    Thanks alot Remi and Sylvain…
    Will be present winner design in Interior Motives event?
    and why iranian designer can not register in competition?
    Warm regards.

  • Sylvain

    Hello all,

    @KW: iranien designers can participate in the first phase ‘Sketch It’ but we cannot send medias in Iran so it will be impossible for them to receive DS CAD solutions or support.

    @Hakha: for sure! This is the award of the Challenge! But it won\’t be presented as a winning design of the Interior Motives Design Awards 2011.
    For the ‘why’ question, I’m not able to answer…

    Best regards.

  • Rahul

    is this contest for this year also? for2012?

  • Sylvain

    Hi Rahul,

    Thank you for your enthusiast!
    Regrettably, we didn’t plan to do the same challenge for the moment.
    But if we organize something, we will keep all the community members informed.

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