Shell Eco Marathon

Shell Eco Marathon

Publishing Date: 10/16/2018 12:00 AM

Shell Eco-Marathon Showcases Bright and Innovative Ideas on Energy


Shell in partnership with the University of Johannesburg's School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, will once again, host the Shell eco-marathon challenge. This is a challenge where students compete in designing and building energy efficient cars, it is a platform that encourages energy conversation, collaboration and innovation. It is also a festival of new technology where bright energy ideas are explored. This annual event was hosted in South Africa for the first time in 2014. It has since evolved and now attracts teams from the continent including; Botswana, Namibia, Nigeria and Zambia. The festival will be held at Zwartkops Raceway, Pretoria West from 26-28 October.

This event stems from our call for collaboration to help find more and cleaner energy solutions across the world. Shell recognises that the size and complexity of the global energy challenge requires collaboration. We believe that by working together, we can transform lives, bringing more and cleaner energy to communities, everywhere.

"In Shell we are passionate about the future of energy, we believe that the solutions to tomorrow's energy crisis will be shaped by the questions we ask today. It is in line with that thinking that we decided to collaborate with the University of Johannesburg in hosting the Shell eco-marathon. With this challenge, we aim to provide young people with the opportunity to come up with bright and innovative ideas on energy efficiency. We are committed to supporting the next generation of engineers in finding cleaner, reliable and more efficient energy solutions, said Hloniphizwe Mtolo, Chairman of Shell Downstream South Africa."

This year, 20 participating teams from different high schools and Universities in South Africa and the African continent registered for the competition. The teams are classified under two vehicle categories, that is, Prototype and Urban Concept and can enter under any of the following propulsion systems: Petrol; Diesel; Battery electric or Hydrogen. The winning team will have designed a car that drives the longest distance using the least amount of energy in their chosen category. The goal is not to break speed records but to use as little energy as possible over a set distance.

"This event is an ideal platform to attract and capture young people's interest in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), It also serves to inspire the next generation of engineers to believe in their potential in creating efficient mobility for the future" mentioned Professor Johan Meyer Head of the School of Electrical Engineering at the University of Johannesburg.

Shell Eco-marathon is a visible demonstration of Shell's commitment to finding, integrated, responsible solutions to the growing energy demand worldwide. It aims to stimulate all our stakeholders and the public to engage in energy dialogues.


The event will also feature energy related activities including:

Salt Water Cars -Parents and children can have loads of fun building small model cars. These cars have a magnesium plate and with a single drop of salt water, they drive around the track providing endless amounts of excitement.

Energy Imagined -This Art corner stimulates the imagination of young future engineers to design and draw their very own energy efficient Shell eco- marathon Prototype Vehicle. Prizes for the most exciting designs will be handed out during regular intervals.

Ball Blowing Booth -This exciting venture allows the public to "Trap Carbon" by catching balls and stuffing them in a bag thus trapping all the carbon in the booth.

Three Car Simulator -These simulators offer an experience to drive a lap around the Zwartkops Raceway in a 3D Shell Eco-marathon car. Race against your friends to see who can go the furthest on the least amount of energy.

E-bikes -These bikes measure the amount of energy that one uses when racing off into the proverbial distance. Come challenge your friends to see who can burn the most kilojoules and create the most energy with some very exciting prizes up for grabs



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