Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2015 sees 11 Indian college teams

Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2015 sees 11 Indian college teams participate

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University, college and technical institute students from across 17 other countries are participating. 49 teams teams debut at Shell Eco-Marathon Asia 2015.Globally, 2015 is the 30th year of Shell Eco-marathon, and 6th Asian edition with entrants from Australia, Bangladesh, Oman and Saudi Arabia this time.

Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2015 Perses
Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2015 entrant Perses from Team Eco Titans

11 participating teams from India representing 9 engineering colleges are: K J Somaiya College of Engineering, Mumbai, Indian Institute of Technology – Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani, Sir M Visvesraya Institute of Technology, Bengaluru, M.N.M Jain Engineering College, Chennai, Government Engineering College Barton Hill, Thiruvananthapuram, RV College of Engineering, Bengaluru, VIT University, Vellore, and Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar

Team Kaizen represents Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University and built their vehicle at a cost of Rs 3.40 lakhs. It has the potential of a ‘Zero Accidents’ vehicle due to suspensions in use. VIT University Team Eco Titans has named its car ‘Perses’. Shell Eco-marathon is being held for a second time at a specially designed Manila street circuit. Student teams are challenged to stretch the fuel efficiency in a real world urban environment, and winners are determined by mileage achieved on a litre of fuel, over speed.

Student teams may participate in the Shell Eco-Marathon Asia 2015 Prototype or UrbanConcept vehicle categories of the competition. Prototype category is for cars of the future. Streamlined vehicles looking to maximise fuel efficiency through innovative design elements. UrbanConcept category considers roadworthy fuel-efficient vehicles. Vehicles can operate on gasoline, diesel, alternative gasoline (ethanol 100), alternative diesel (Shell Gas-to-Liquid or fatty acid methyl ester), battery electric, hydrogen fuel cell or Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).

Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2015 sees 3 teams use Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). Electrically-powered vehicles results are noted in km per kilowatt hour (km/kWh), and km per litre (km/l) for other energy types. Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2015 will offer 24 On-Track awards with prize money of US$2,000 and US$1,000 for Winners and Runners up in Prototype and UrbanConcept categories. Six Off-Track awards in the field of Communications, Vehicle Design, Technical Innovation, Safety, Perseverance and Spirit of the Event and Shell Helix Tribology will be awarded.

Shell Helix Tribology off-track award that recognises the use of lubrication engineering principles to improve fuel efficiency. Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2015 will be flagged off on 27 February at Luneta Park. Closing ceremony and awards presentation will be held on 1 March at Tent City, Manila Hotel. Shell Powering Progress Together Forum will be held alongside Shell Eco-marathon Asia.