In 2017, Singapore will play host to the inaugural Asian edition of Shell’s Make the Future festival, featuring Shell Eco-marathon Asia. This four-day, free-of-charge public festival will take place at the Changi Exhibition Centre from March 16 – 19, 2017. It will feature bright energy ideas and innovations that address the global energy challenge – how to generate more energy, while producing less CO2.
At Make the Future Singapore, visitors will be invited to experience the ideas, contribute their own and join the journey to an energy-efficient, low-carbon future. Through virtual reality and hands-on experiential zones, visitors will be able to explore what is happening now and what the future of energy might look like, from renewable energy to natural gas and low-carbon technologies, learn about bright ideas from around Asia and participate in interactive zones about the future of energy, mobility and innovation by Shell and other partners.
For the first time since it came to Asia, eight years ago, Shell Eco-marathon Asia will move to Singapore in 2017, after successful runs in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 2010 to 2013 and Manila, Philippines from 2014 to 2016. Shell Eco-marathon, which will be featured as a highlight of Make the Future festival, is a unique competition for students who are passionate about developing innovative mobility solutions and challenges them to design, build, drive and compete to create the world’s most energy efficient vehicles. Teams of students can build one of the two types of cars: Prototype – futuristic and highly aerodynamic vehicles – or UrbanConcept: highly economical and innovative vehicles that resemble today’s cars. They must pass a detailed technical inspection before they conduct a practical test to evaluate fuel efficiency of the vehicles. Awards are given to the most energy efficient vehicles within the various categories.
Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2017 in Singapore will also see the introduction of the inaugural Regional Drivers’ Championship, an exciting race format in which the best Asian teams will vie for their place in the Drivers’ World Championship in London in 2017, competing to see who is the most energy-efficient driver.
In Make the Future 2017, finalists from top engineering institutions across India will be seen competing with participants from other Asian countries in Singapore.
India has witnessed an exceptional innovation and creativity from students, across colleges including SRM Visveraya Institute of Technology, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University and VIT University, who have regularly participated in Shell Eco-marathon, since 2011.
Commenting on the initiative, Mr. Vikash Mishra, Country Head, External Relations, Shell India, said, “We at Shell India are delighted to have received entries from some of the best engineering institutions in the country for Shell Eco-marathon, being held as part of the Make The future festival in Singapore. This is an excellent platform integrating innovation and fuel efficiency to find global sustainable solutions. We are pleased that student teams from India recognize the significance of this marathon and are confident of their participation in Shell Eco-marathon 2017.”
“With Shell Eco-marathon Asia coming to Singapore and being a part of the larger Make the Future festival, we aim to inspire more young and bright talents to contribute towards creating cutting-edge technologies in the areas of energy and mobility. Through Shell Eco-marathon Asia, we want to help the world meet its growing energy needs in a responsible way by working together with students, partners and other stakeholders”, said Norman Koch, General Manager, Shell Eco-marathon.
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