IIT BHU Scores at Shell Eco-marathon 2019 in Malaysia

IIT BHU Scores High at Shell Eco Marathon 2019 in Malaysia
IIT BHU Scores at Shell Eco-marathon 2019 in Malaysia

Team Averera from the Indian Institute of Technology- Banaras Hindu University (IIT-BHU) has secured the second position in the battery electric prototype category at the recently concluded Shell Eco-marathon 2019 in Malaysia. A part of the four-day annual event that showcases innovative energy ideas, Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2019 challenged bright students to design and build ultra-energy-efficient cars and then put them to test in the competition. Team Averera also won the Vehicle Design (Prototype) award and a cash prize of $3000 for their design research and execution, where they captured the challenges faced, and worked on root cause analysis with simulation and arrived at the optimum solution with material selection and design refinement.

Make the Future Live Malaysia saw participation from a regionally diverse crowd of students from 18 countries across Asia and the Middle East. The festival was inaugurated on 29th April at the Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia where students competed in three different sub-categories based on their selected energy source: Internal Combustion Engine (ICE): gasoline, diesel, ethanol (biofuel); hydrogen fuel cell; and battery electric power. The competition, the first night race in the history of Shell Eco-marathon globally, was a new experience for both the spectators and participants.

Competing with a total of 108 teams participating across Asia (53 for battery electric prototype and 55 for urban concept), team Averera was among the six teams that participated from India. Out of the six teams, five participated in the battery electric category and one competed in the gasoline category. All the six student teams in the Indian contingent passed a detailed technical inspection before they were allowed onto the track to see how far they could go on the least amount of fuel. Team Averera clocked 465 kilometres on 1 kilowatt energy per hour in the Battery Electric prototype category.

Team Averera said participating at Shell Eco-marathon has been an immensely enriching experience where the team got to learn from the brightest young minds from across the region.

The competition concluded with Shell Eco-marathon Drivers’ World Championship Qualifier, from where the best UrbanConcept teams in the region will compete for their place in the Drivers’ World Championship in London in July to find the most energy-efficient driver. Nanyang E Drive from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore beat other top UrbanConcept cars whereas ITS Team 5 from Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember in Indonesia and team LH – EST from Lac Hong University in Vietnam took second and third place, respectively.

Norman Koch, General Manager, Make the Future Live, said the Drivers’ World Championship incorporates both the fuel efficiency of the vehicle with the technique and skills of the driver and it is a strategy of handling the vehicles while simultaneously managing fuel efficiency.