Held globally in the Americas, Europe and Asia, Shell Eco-marathon is both a challenge and an educational platform that fosters the development of leading technology for greater energy efficiency and transportation performance. From its start in 2007 as a North America focused event, the competition now hosts student teams from Brazil, Canada, Mexico, and for the first time this year, a team from Chile – making it truly an Americas event.
“We are competing in Shell Eco-marathon Americas because we want to get our university’s name in the international circle of energy-efficient design,” said William Zúñiga of the Universidad de Chile. “We are really looking forward to joining the other teams at the competition and have set the bar high for our team’s first trip to Houston.”
Taking place April 5 – 7 on the streets of downtown Houston, the 2013 challenge is already shaping up to be one of the largest events yet with more than 30 teams from Canada, South America and the United States pre-registered, including 16 new teams.
Student teams can choose to participate in one or both of the Prototype and UrbanConcept classes at Shell Eco-marathon. The Prototype class challenges student teams to enter futuristic prototypes and the UrbanConcept class focuses on more “roadworthy” fuel-efficient vehicles. In the Americas event for both classes, teams can use a range of six official energy sources – including fuels such as gasoline, diesel as well as alternative fuels such as hydrogen, ethanol, FAME and battery electric technologies.
Interested teams are invited to sign-up for Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2013 and help push the boundaries of fuel efficiency! For more information on all 2013 events across the globe, including additional details on vehicle class requirements, official rules, instructions for registration and details on prizes, please visit the Shell Eco-marathon website at www.shell.com/ecomarathon.