New Delhi, August 30, 2018: Shell announced today that participating student teams for Shell Eco-marathon, an integral part of its marquee Make the Future festival that is being held in Chennai between December 6 to 9, 2018, stand to win a total prize money of Rs. 20 lacs across various categories. Till date, 40 student teams with close to 400 students from India and other countries have signed up for the first event in India. The company extended the registration for Shell Eco-marathon to September 7, 2018 to enable more students get a chance to test their custom designed cars for fuel efficiency and win. Shell’s Make the Future Festival is a global platform for conversation, collaboration and innovation around the world’s energy challenges.

One of the world’s leading competition to recognize energy-efficiency, Shell Eco-marathon is a marathon with a difference. Student teams design, build and test cars for fuel efficiency. Unlike other marathons or car races, the Shell Eco-marathon recognises those teams who can go farthest on a litre of fuel rather than fastest. Past competitions have seen student designed cars achieve mileage of up to 2341 kilometer per litre*
Said Nitin Prasad, Chairman, Shell Companies in India, “Energy demand for a surging India will only grow. Economic, societal and individual needs for mobility will be a key contributor to this demand. India’s first Make the Future festival and Shell Eco-marathon will offer young minds an opportunity to ideate, innovate and demonstrate out-of-the-box mobility solutions powered by efficient energy solutions. This is the need of the hour for India. I look forward to meeting the teams at Shell’s Make the Future festival and wish them all the best for the competition.”

Shreyas Ravi, Manager, Team Infieon Supermileage, SRM University, Chennai, one of student teams who have signed up for Shell Eco-marathon said, “We are here to break the stereotype with our prototype model which has been built upon three objectives - minimum weight, maximum coasting distance and minimum fuel consumption.”

Shrey Kansal, Manager, team DTU Supermileage, Delhi Technological University, another competing student team added, “The looming threat of fuel crisis worldwide, coupled with concerns regarding environmental pollution, inspired the team to come up with a workable fuel- efficient battery electric vehicle prototype. The vehicle which our team is working on is going to provide a mileage of 156 kms per unit of fuel source. In India as well as globally, electric vehicle is being seen as a potential alternative which could become the next big thing in the clean energy automation space.”

The first edition of the “invite only” Make the Future India will host attendees from industries - energy, automotive, aviation, manufacturing, shipping as well as experts, academia, policy makers and students from schools and engineering colleges. In addition to Shell Eco-marathon, the festival will showcase innovative energy and mobility solutions; host discussions on the future of mobility - innovations, challenges and opportunities - featuring experts from Shell and representatives from the automotive industry, start-ups, academia and other industry watchers. An Experience zone showcasing bright innovative ideas around mobility powered by cleaner energy to inspire the next generation of automotive designers, engineers and innovators await visitors to the festival.

Shell Eco-marathon will see teams competing in two vehicle classes. The Prototype class invites students to enter futuristic, streamlined vehicles, and the UrbanConcept class focuses on “roadworthy,” energy-efficient vehicles aimed at meeting the real-life needs of drivers. Entries for the event will be divided into two energy categories:

  • Internal combustion: gasoline, diesel, and ethanol
  • Battery electric

For more information and to register, please visit

* in the Prototype Internal Combustion engine category.

Notes to Editors

About Make the Future Festivals

Make the Future Festivals is Shell’s global platform for conversation, collaboration and innovation around the world’s energy challenges. With events hosted in countries around the globe, they aim to provide an opportunity for multiple stakeholders: including students, entrepreneurs, businesses, governments and the public, to experience, test and contribute bright energy ideas.

About Shell Eco-marathon

Shell Eco-marathon is a global program built to offer students hands-on opportunities to develop ideas and technology, knowledge and skills, within an arena of competition.

Currently held in in Asia, Americas and Europe and made up of two key competitions: Shell Eco-marathon Challenger, and Drivers’ World Championship, students from countries use innovative problem-solving skills to design and build their own cars. Looking at every aspect of design and technology, students compete to prove that their bright ideas will produce the most energy-efficient vehicle when tested on the track.

About Shell in India

Shell is one of the most diversified international oil company in India's energy sector with over 7000 employees. It is a major private sector supplier of crude products, chemicals and technology to public/private sector oil companies. It maintains a significant presence in the country with its lubricants and retail businesses. Shell also has a technology center, a financial business operations center, an in-house global IT center and operates a joint venture LNG receiving and re-gasification terminal. Through its subsidiary company BG Exploration and Production India Limited, Shell holds a 30% interest in, and is joint operator of, the Panna - Mukta oil and gas fields and the Mid and South Tapti gas fields (PMT fields).


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