Fuel Efficiency Challenge Encourages Technology and Innovation to Help
the Energy Challenge Head-On
HOUSTON, Nov. 15 /CNW/ -- 50 student teams from North and South America?
Check. Young engineers bringing innovative thinking to the future of
transportation? Check. Prototype vehicles that travel nearly two thousand
miles per gallon as part of a global effort to change the way the world uses
energy? Check, and check. The Shell Eco-marathon(TM) Americas may not be the
fastest race you've ever seen, but it's probably the most fuel-efficient. In
2008, the stakes are high as student teams prepare their eco-friendly vehicles
to drive the farthest distance using the least amount of fuel and break the
1,902.7 miles per gallon record set by Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2007.
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"Shell is working aggressively to help meet the energy challenge head-on
and long-term, and we understand the importance of encouraging technology and
innovation in the minds of tomorrow's leaders and engineers," said David
Sexton, President of Shell Oil Products U.S. "The Shell Eco-marathon promotes
fuel efficiency, and we're challenging students from North and South America
to build environmentally friendly vehicles to inspire future transportation."
The 2008 Shell Eco-marathon Americas will take place April 10-13 at the
California Speedway in Fontana, Calif. Student teams manage their projects
from start to finish. From vehicle design to financing, students gain
practical experience, while applying skills in science, technology,
mathematics, business and design. The winning team will receive a grand prize
of $10,000 that will be awarded to the team's educational institution. There
are also first-, second- and third-place prizes for vehicles in several fuel
categories, including combustion engine, fuel cell/hydrogen and solar.
The challenge is open to students from throughout the Americas. To date,
nearly 50 teams have signed up, which is nearly double the entries from the
2007 event and includes teams from Brazil, Canada and the United States.
"The innovation that comes from these students is inspiring," added
Sexton. "As Shell continues to aggressively look at new environmentally and
socially responsible ways to meet future energy needs, it's clear some of the
biggest contributions to sustainable mobility will come from today's youth.
Programs like the Shell Eco-marathon are an investment in our future."
With many successful years in Europe, the Shell Eco-marathon came back to
the U.S. as the Shell Eco-marathon Americas in April 2007. The Eco-marathon
concept started as the Shell Mileage Marathon in 1939 between employees of
Shell at a research laboratory in Wood River, Illinois. Today, the Americas
event extends to student teams from across North and South America.
In Europe, the 2008 Shell Eco-marathon project will take place May 22-24
at the Nogaro Circuit, France. The 2007 European event attracted teams from 20
countries, with the winning teams hailing from Denmark, France, the
Netherlands and Norway.
For more information, please visit http://www.shell.com/ecomarathon.
Interested teams can find the event application, rules, hotline number,
history and more. Registration for the 2008 events is open.
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