Human Powered Vehicle Challenge (HPVC)

Details regarding the HPVC events are continuously updated as information becomes available and confirmed. For registration details and instructions please visit the event page you plan to attend.

HPVC India
Indian Institute of Technology
Delhi, India
January 17 - 19, 2014
HPVC India Rules

University of Central Florida
Orlando, Florida
April 11-13, 2014

Santa Clara Valley Senior Section
San Jose, California
April 25-27, 2014

HPVC Latin America
Universidad Nacional Autónoma De México and Instituto Politecnico Nacional
Mexico City, Mexico
October 2014


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.



All participants must be current student members of ASME and enrolled as full-time students in an engineering program of study. 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. Guidelines and more detailed requirements (including safety measures and tests) can be found in the full competition rules.



ASME currently hosts HPVC events each year in the Eastern and Western regions of the United States and several events globally in Latin America and Asia.



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 Trophy and $800 to team
  Overall 2nd Place Trophy and $500 to team
  Overall 3rd Place Trophy and $300 to team
DESIGN EVENT 1st Place Trophy and $200
  2nd and 3rd Place Trophy
MEN'S SPEED EVENT 1st Place Trophy and $200
  2nd and 3rd Place Trophy
WOMEN'S SPEED EVENT 1st Place Trophy and $200
  2nd and 3rd Place Trophy
INNOVATION EVENT 1st Place Trophy and $200
  2nd and 3rd Place Trophy
ENDURANCE EVENT 1st Place Trophy and $200
  2nd and 3rd Place Trophy