Human Powered Vehicle Team at UW-Madison

General Meetings:

When: Every Thursday from 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM                                                                                                                                                       Where: Engineering Centers Building Room Varies from Week to Week

If you are are not a member and are interested in joining The Human Powered Vehicle Team at UW-Madison, come to any of the general meetings and talk to one of the team officers for more information.

Most Recent Updates

HPVC East 2016 Announced | May 13- 15 - We are thrilled to be competing in this year against some of the toughest universities around the country. The competition will be located in Athens, Ohio at Ohio university from May 13 – 15. We will be entering our newly designed vehicle that our team has been dreaming up since September. We are well on [...]
2015 Competition Update -     With each new year comes new members, new designs, and new competition. In our 11th year of competing in the American Society of Mechanical Engineering East Coast Human Powered Vehicle Competition, we placed 28th out of all the schools involved in the competition. The largest improvement on our vehicle this year was in [...]

About Us

This year, undergraduates from UW-Madison’s School of Engineering will design and build a vehicle to compete in the ASME East Coast Human Powered Vehicle Challenge (HPVC).  The competition draws approximately 30 teams from the United States, Canada, South America, and Asia.

The 2015 – 2016 school year marks UW-Madison’s 12th year participating in this competition. Our team has traditionally designed a vehicle to compete in the unrestricted class which focuses on utility. This class takes into consideration the practical application of the vehicle, aiming to make it suitable for daily use, and as a possible “green” alternative to an automobile. The vehicle promotes alternative forms of transportation in the community and demonstrates how engineering can benefit society.

Currently, our team has nearly 20 members and is divided into 4 sub-teams that each focus on a certain system of the vehicle. The four sub-teams are; frame, drive train, fairing, and Innovation. The frame sub-team aims to design a sturdy internal vehicle structure that holds the entire vehicle together. The drivetrain sub-team works closely with the frame team to design a way to make the vehicle move. The fairing team designs and builds an external shell that protects the rider and makes the vehicle extremely aerodynamic for high speed transportation. The innovation sub-team is only limited by the power of their imagination in what they can do. This sub-team is responsible for creating innovative features that add value and efficiency to the vehicle.