Chennai, December 10, 2018: The first edition of Make the Future India, featuring Shell Eco-marathon concluded today at Madras Motor Race Track, Chennai. The closing ceremony was graced by Sh. K Pandiarajan, Hon’ble Minister for Tamil Official Language and Tamil Culture, Government of Tamil Nadu and Indresh Kumar, Vice President Finance, Hydrocarbons – Shell Business Operations, Chennai. The hon’ble minister felicitated students from Indian Institute of Technology – Banaras Hindu University, Delhi Technical University and VIT University for building energy-efficient vehicles, that went farthest with the least amount of energy.
Congratulating the participating students at the Shell Eco-marathon, Sh. Pandiarajan remarked, “I am delighted to be a part of this mega event. It is fitting that Shell has chosen to host the Make the Future in this region. It is heartening to see that Shell is taking STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) to schools and colleges. STEM is the success mantra which will give a competitive advantage to our country. The ideas developed by students here are also testimony to their entrepreneurial spirit. Today’s entrepreneurs are born in colleges. We welcome these students to bring their ideas to Tamil Nadu, where a wealth of support infrastructure is available to incubate them.”
In his address, Indresh Kumar said, “We are proud to see an extraordinary performance by student teams at Make the Future India. Through their dedication and perseverance, teams have proved their mettle at the first edition of Shell Eco-marathon India. Their exemplary work in building the ultimate energy-efficient vehicles, is a step towards our endeavor of addressing the world’s energy challenges.”
Shell Eco-marathon results
Team DTU Supermileage claimed victory in the Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) Urban Concept category by achieving a mileage of 154 km/l. This is the equivalent of driving from Chennai to Pondicherry on 1 liter of fuel.
Members of the team were delighted to top their category. They said “It’s a proud feeling for all of us today. Months of hard work and sleepless nights have been invested in preparing our vehicle. We hope we can take this forward and achieve even better results the next year.”
Team Averera from IIT-BHU achieved an astounding 362.5 km/kWh in the Prototype Battery Electric Category, which is the equivalent of driving from Chennai to Bangalore on a single unit of electricity. Members of the team said, “The feeling of accomplishment is amazing. Our project is a testament to team’s hard work and perseverance. To participate and win in the first edition of Shell Eco-marathon is India is the icing on the cake.”
The winning teams took home prize money totaling INR 20 Lacs.
Teams were crowned the winners under different categories:
Shell Eco-marathon is about more than winning on the track. Students are recognised for their technical innovation, design, safety and perseverance.
The Make the Future festival, which commenced on December 6, 2018, saw a series of activities. People from academia and government, school children, industry representatives and members of the public were taken on a journey to explore ideas and innovation on the future of mobility. It also saw the unveiling of the world’s first flat-pack truck – the OX. The festival also brought together industry partners and expert at the Business Forum to discuss the transition to low-carbon energy.
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