Less than a month ahead of the final competition in Kuala Lumpur, teams from HCT’s Al Ruwais Colleges, Abu Dhabi Men’s College, Dubai Men’s College, American University in Dubai and American University in Sharjah are working hard to test and make final improvements on their first ‘Made in the UAE’ fuel efficient vehicles.
Shell Eco-marathon is one of the world’s most innovative and challenging student competitions held annually in the Americas, Europe, and Asia.
The students who are participating in the challenge have worked together to find solutions to making transportation more efficient whilst also reducing its environmental impact.
The Shell Eco-marathon has long sparked debate about the future of mobility and inspired young engineers to push the boundaries of fuel-efficiency in vehicles.
Dr. John Barry, Shell Abu Dhabi Country Chair, said: “we are looking forward to the participation of five universities from the UAE at the Shell Eco-Marathon Asia 2013 competition. Providing university students in the UAE with an opportunity to apply their engineering skills to conceptualise and produce energy-efficient cars encourages understanding about the future of innovation and smarter mobility. This unique experience empowers UAE young people in their quest to become active contributors to creating a sustainable platform for growth for future generations. We wish the students and their ‘Made in the UAE’ cars the best of luck in Malaysia this July.”
According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), road transport alone accounts for approximately 17% of global energy use. In countries across the Middle East, the number of vehicles on the road is increasing year on year and finding ‘smarter mobility’ solutions today, such as increasing the fuel efficiency of vehicles, is more pressing than ever.
The main motivating factor for all students from the UAE to participate in this year’s competition was the recognition that cleaner energy and energy conservation are critical issues to the UAE’s sustainable growth and development. Every team aspires to conceptualise a fuel-efficient car that will have a positive impact on the transportation industry of tomorrow.
In April, the American University in Sharjah’s team unveiled its car, which boasts an innovative body made of reinforced paper. The team has been working to improve various aspects of the car since.
Murghees Khan, team lead of the ‘AUS Leopards,’ said: “it is every individual’s responsibility to contribute towards a clean and green environment to allow a better future for our own people. Our team chose diesel as our fuel of choice because of its increased mileage per litre compared to gasoline”.
Al Ruwais Colleges will unveil their car on the 13th of June.
Abdulazeez Al Mehairi, team lead of ‘Without Limits,’ said: “we have worked hard through this project to produce our university’s first ‘Made in the UAE’ car and we hope that all future university students in the UAE follow in our footsteps. We are eager to race our car in Kuala Lumpur, but most of all look forward to mentoring the 2014 team.”
Dubai Men’s College has taken on the challenge head-on and has put forward three vehicles from three different teams. Abu Dhabi Men’s College and the American University in Dubai will both unveil their cars in weeks to come.
The seven teams are at various stages in the process of completing their cars and in preparation for transport to Kuala Lumpur. Their cars will leave the UAE later this month and the teams will arrive in Kuala Lumpur a few days ahead of the race.
Race Dates: 4th to 7th of July 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The Shell Eco-marathon has been running for the last 28 years and takes place each year in Europe, the Americas and Asia. The competition challenges more than 5000 students from top universities to design and build energy efficient vehicles. The most fuel-efficient vehicle ever designed by a Shell Eco-marathon student team was capable of driving 4,896.1 kilometres on a single litre of fuel – the equivalent of driving from the UAE to Germany.