The selected teams will travel to Singapore to be part of the final phase of SEM where they will compete with similar teams from other parts of the world to design, build, test and drive the world’s most energy efficient vehicle.

Team Bits is designing an urban prototype under the ethanol category and expects to provide a mileage of around 90 KMPL. The vehicle is a carbon fiber monocoque hybrid.

Team Bits have been participating in SEM for more than five years now and have gained quality experience from this platform. The exposure to senior leadership, innovative technologies, interface with student teams from across Asia, etc., have motivated the young energy minds to participate this year as well. Through hard work, dedication and perseverance, the team is focused in reaching the SEM 2018 final phase to be held in Singapore and hope to win the competition. The student team believes that through SEM they have an opportunity to contribute in making mobility more sustainable and environment-friendly.

Speaking on the competition, Yashashvi Tiwari, Team Manager of Team Bits said, “We have been participating in Shell Eco-marathon since past few years. It is a great opportunity and an honour to participate in SEM. SEM is a platform where young energy minds from across the globe comes together and discuss about the energy challenges and develop innovative solutions to address the energy crisis. The competition encourages innovation among students and provides an ideal platform for infusion of concepts, creativity and groupwork that is essential for the development of that one big idea that can break barriers in our efforts to create a sustainable solution in the areas of clean energy and future mobility.”

Commenting on the entries received this year, Mr. Nitin Prasad, Chairman at Shell Companies in India said, Make the Future is Shell’s endeavour to find truly sustainable solutions that can resolve the industrial world’s dilemma of decarbonization. It is a humungous task, and at Shell, we believe it is the members of the young world who have an immense capability to usher in the change and chart the way towards a responsible and bright future. India’s participation in Shell Eco-marathon Asia in the last few years has been commendable, and we are delighted to see an overwhelming response from students this year as well. I wish them all the very best for the next phase of the competition. Shell India will extend its support to the teams in the best possible manner.”

In the final of the competition which is running its eighth edition in Singapore between 8 -11 March 2018, universities which have been selected to represent India are K.J. Somaiya College Of Engineering; SRM University, Chennai; RV College of Engineering; VIT University; Delhi Technological University; Sir M Visvesvaraya Institute of Technology; Lovely Professional University; Indian Institute of Technology - Banaras Hindu University; Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS); National Institute of Technology Raipur; SRM University Delhi – NCR; Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University.