The inaugural ceremony witnessed participation from 24 student teams from across India, who are competing to see whose car goes the farthest using the least amount of energy. The winning teams of the competition stand to win a total of INR 22,00,000 in prize money across various categories. One of the world’s longest-running student competitions, Shell Eco-marathon is a global programme that challenges bright minds to design and build ultra-energy-efficient cars, and then put them to the test.

Hon. Chief Minister Yediyurappa said, “I’m extremely happy to be a part of Make the Future Live India 2019 organised at the Shell Technology Centre, Bengaluru. I hope that this event successfully showcases innovation and firsthand dialogue on alternative energy solutions. I thank you all for your commitment, partnership and continued cooperation for sustainable development. Together, we shall Make the Future of Karnataka and India better.”

Harry Brekelmans, Projects & Technology Director at Royal Dutch Shell said, “Bengaluru hosts one of our three global technology hubs which all focus on innovation. Make the Future Live is exactly about this; it’s about innovation, inspiration, dedication and determination which is defined by a ‘can-do’ attitude. This is precisely what we’re going to need to be able to solve some of the biggest problems that we’ll face in the future. I urge everyone to look out for some of the solutions to these problems on the track here at Make the Future.”

  • This is the first time in the history of Shell Eco-marathon, that the event is being held inside a Shell facility. STCB is the technology and engineering heartland for Shell and the perfect backdrop to host MTF Live

  • Valuable opportunity for student teams to test and fine-tune their self-designed and built vehicles for the regional Shell Eco-marathon Asia in 2020

  • This year saw participation from 24 student teams across India

Now in its second year in India, the event challenges the students from India’s premier universities, to put their self-built energy efficient vehicles through a detailed safety and technical inspection, before being allowed to compete on track under different categories. The student teams are competing in either of the two categories: Prototype – futuristic and highly aerodynamic vehicles – or UrbanConcept – vehicles that resemble today’s cars and run on battery. This year saw two teams participate in the UrbanConcept and 22 in the Prototype category. Students can compete in categories based on their selected energy source: Internal Combustion Engine (ICE): Gasoline, diesel, ethanol (biofuel); and battery electric power.

Nitin Prasad, Chairman, Shell Companies in India, said, “As India witnesses rapid growth in the mobility space, there is need to preempt, identify and address the challenges that accompany the growth. We must be conscious that while we must grow, we must also provide mobility and mobility solutions for our people in a way that allows us to live long and healthy lives. It is also an immense source of pride for me to announce that this is the first time, we’re hosting the Shell Eco-marathon at a Shell campus. All the hard work that has gone into bringing this together only indicates what our country is capable of when we put our minds to it.“

As part of Make the Future Live India, Shell hosted a business forum titled ‘Powering Progress Together. The forum engaged industry experts, academicians and professionals from the auto industry who discussed the role of disruptive technology, changing consumer choices and government policy to meet growing mobility challenges.

Entrepreneurs like Hemalatha Annamalai, Founder and CEO- Amphere Vehicles, Jitendra Apte, CEO, Co-Founder- igrenEnergi, Rahul Tongia, Fellow with Bookings India and Member, World Economic Forum, Aayushi Jain, Directorate of Policy and Government Partnerships, Bounce - addressed the audience about the solutions they have for the future of mobility. Their discussions focused on the coexistence of electric and petroleum vehicles, touched upon battery management systems in EVs and the growing need to make mobility accessible to all.

Make the Future Live India also showcased a variety of project demonstrations including Bitumen solutions, a special LNG fueled bus, the Mahindra Treo e-rickshaw and a mobility led startup supported by Shell E4. There was also a special eye screening facility for the participants at the event in line with Shell’s #DriveSafeIndia initiative which aims to reach out to 365,000 commercial drivers by 2020 to help them see better and drive safer.

Notes to Editor

About Make the Future Live India 2019

Held for the first time in India in 2018, Make the Future featuring Shell Eco-marathon, is a festival of ideas and innovation. It is a unique global platform for conversations, collaboration and innovations focused on world’s energy challenges. In India, the event focuses on “Powering progress in mobility, together”. The four-day event will feature bright energy ideas and solutions that address the global energy challenge: how to meet the energy demands of the future, while producing less CO2. Taking place at Shell Technology Centre Bengaluru (STCB) from November 19-22, 2019, the event will host thousands of visitors, inviting them to experience the ideas, contribute their own and join the journey to an energy-efficient, low-carbon future.

About Shell Eco-marathon India

Shell Eco-marathon is a competition for students who are passionate about developing innovative mobility solutions. It challenges engineering, design, science and technology students to design, build and drive the world’s most energy efficient vehicle. Shell Eco-marathon is a visible demonstration of Shell’s commitment to help the world meet its growing energy needs in a responsible way by working together with students, partners and other stakeholders. Teams from colleges/universities across India will compete in an exciting head-to-toe race to see who has the most energy-efficient vehicle.

About Shell in India

Shell is one of the most diversified international energy company in India with over 8500 employees and presence across upstream, integrated gas, downstream, renewable energy, and deep capabilities in R&D, digitalization and business operations. With a retail presence across six states – Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Assam Shell is expanding its network of fuel stations across the country. It has the entire Lubricants end-to-end value chain in India, from conceptualization and development, to production and distribution. This includes a world class lubricant oil blending plant with a capacity of more than 115 million litres, a distributor network of more than 185 and over 60,000 retailers across the country. The company also fully owns and operates an LNG re-gasification terminal at Hazira. Through its subsidiary, BG Exploration and Production India Limited, Shell holds a 30% interest in, and is joint operator of the Panna - Mukta oil and gas fields. With a focus on digitization and future ready sustainable solutions, the company is nurturing a vibrant ecosystem in India to accelerate energy innovations with Shell E4 for startups, Shell Eco-marathon and investments in new energy companies like Husk Power and Cleantech Solar. Shell also remains committed to making positive contributions to the communities in which it operates through programmes like NXplorers, Access to Energy and Road Safety across India. Follow @shell_India @makethefuture @shell_ecomar to know how it is redefining the energy space.

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