New Delhi, 9th July, 2019: After a successful first edition in 2018, Shell is back with Make the Future Live India, to be held at the Shell Technology Centre, Bengaluru (STCB) between November 19 – 22, 2019.
Housed in a city that buzzes with innovation, the STCB is the technology and engineering heartland for Shell, offering high-tech innovation and R&D for multidisciplinary collaboration. This makes it an ideal location to host bright young minds and help them put their innovative fuel-efficient vehicles to the test. One of Shell’s three technology hubs globally, the STCB is the perfect backdrop for Make the Future Live India, bringing together students, business, academia and government to explore more and cleaner energy solutions for a lower-carbon future.
Inaugurated in 1939, Shell Eco-marathon is the world’s longest-running student competition wherein engineering students are challenged to design, build and test fuel-efficient cars. Hosted in several countries around the globe, Make the Future Live, featuring Shell Eco-marathon aims to provide an opportunity for multiple stakeholders including students, entrepreneurs, businesses, governments and the public, to experience, test and contribute to bright energy ideas.
The India edition will showcase innovation and foster dialogue on clean energy solutions for powering progress in mobility, while deliberating on technologies, challenges and opportunities as well as partnerships for success. This is also a valuable opportunity for student teams to test and fine tune their self designed and built energy efficient vehicles for the regional Shell Eco-marathon Asia competition in 2020. For new participants, this presents a great platform to showcase skill, be part of a world-class experience and test drive vehicles with fellow peers. Student teams that take to the track will be evaluated on the criteria of who covers the greatest distance using the least amount of energy.
Commenting on the same, Nitin Prasad, Chairman, Shell Companies in India said, “We recognise that some of the brightest ideas come from young innovative minds who are already immersing themselves in tackling complex energy challenges. The ingenuity demonstrated by young students is not only commendable, but truly inspirational. A striking example of perseverence, talent and hard work is Team Averera from IIT-BHU that not only emerged victorious at Make the Future India last year, but also made the country proud by standing second at the Asia chapter of the festival this year. With the newest edition of Make the Future Live India, we hope to continue to elevate our legacy of nurturing our people, partnerships and innovations for a better tomorrow. I welcome all to come join us in this endeavour with encouragement, participation and support.”
The first edition of the Make the Future India witnessed enthusiastic performance by the student teams. In the 2018 edition, Team DTU Supermileage claimed victory in the Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) Urban Concept category by achieving a mileage of 154 km/l which is the equivalent of driving from Chennai to Pondicherry on 1 litre of fuel. On the other hand, Team Averera from IIT-BHU achieved an astounding 362.5 km/kWh in the Prototype Battery Electric Category, which is the equivalent of driving from Chennai to Bangalore on a single unit of electricity.
Make the Future Live comes as a platform for widespread youth participation following the growing demand of the Indian student community to continue hosting the fuel-efficiency competition on Indian soil. In the past, Indian students have showcased several innovative and energy efficient models and prototypes that have also caught the attention of the industry and government.
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Notes to Editors
About Make the Future Live
Make the Future Live is a global programme bringing people and ideas into collaborative spaces, driving towards a lower-carbon energy future. At the heart of Make the Future Live is Shell Eco-marathon. Over its three-decade history the programme has seen thousands of high school and university students from across the world build ultra-energy-efficient vehicles, in a variety of designs, using a spectrum of energy types.
Every year brings new stories of human endeavour and technical excellence, as teams push the boundaries of what’s possible. In 2019, the Asian leg of Make the Future Live will be in Malaysia, China and India.
About Shell Eco-marathon
Shell Eco-marathon is one of the world’s leading energy-efficiency competition programmes for students. It aims to push the boundaries of what is technically possible and inspire young people to become leading scientists and engineers of the future.
The programme requires high school and university teams to explore every aspect of design and technology to build their own ultra-energy-efficient cars, and then take them out on the track in competition.
The concept dates back to 1939 when Shell Oil Company employees in the USA made a friendly wager on who could travel farthest using the same amount of fuel. This was the beginning of what is now known as Shell Eco-marathon Mileage Challenge.
Shell Eco-marathon, as it is recognised today, first took place in 1985 in France; 25 wooden vehicles were on the grid that year! In the 34 years since, the competition has grown to host thousands of participants from over 50 countries across the world, in nine locations.
The current Mileage Challenge record stands at 3,771 km/l – that’s the equivalent of driving from London to Rome and back again on just one litre of fuel.
In 2018, 360 teams from 51 countries participated in Shell Eco-marathon.
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