The Hanoitimes – Eleven teams from Vietnam’s top engineering and industrial universities and junior colleges will compete at the 2016 Shell Eco-marathon Asia (SEM).
Shell Eco-marathon began in 1939 at a Shell research laboratory in the US as a friendly wager between scientists to see who could get the most miles per gallon from their vehicle. The first Shell Eco-marathon was launched in 1985 in France , and in 2007 in the US .
The inaugural Shell Eco-marathon Asia was held in Malaysia in 2010. Malaysia will continue to host Shell Eco-Marathon Asia until 2013, following which, the event will move to Manila , the Philippines from 2014 to 2016.
Prizes will be awarded for the cars that run the farthest on a single litre of fuel. In the event last year, a Vietnamese team, the LH-Gold Energy from Lac Hong University, won the first place and set a new record in the Alternative Fuel event in the Urban Concept category.
Another Vietnamese team, the CKD-MN10 from HCM City University of Technology and Education, brought home second prize in the prototype petrol. Besides the contest, this year will also mark the third edition of the Shell Powering Progress Together Forum in Manila .
More than 250 thought leaders from businesses, governments and civil societies around Asia Pacific are to gather to discuss multi-sector collaborative actions toward a more resilient and sustainable future. At the annual competition, participating teams choose one of the two types “Basic model” (Prototype) and “Urban model” (Urban Concept). Winners are the teams that go furthest using the least amount of fuel.
In addition to be a playing ground in technology and application, the event will offer a chance for students to understand how to prepare for, design and operate a vehicle and take use of available fuels. This super-mileage race, created by Shell, is designed to inspire student innovation and develop future technologies that represent game-changing fuel efficiency and transportation performance.
To help meet the growing energy demand and reduce future CO2 emissions, the Shell Eco-marathon Asia challenges participants to design, build, and test vehicles to go the farthest distance using the least amount of energy, according to Shell.