Shell Eco-marathon is one of the challenging student competitions held annually in Asia, Americas and Europe. Innovators and experts passionate about energy issues and offer sustainable solutions to the world’s energy challenge will congregate at the marathon. Edex had a chat with Viswakumar Menon, country head of communications, Shell group of Companies, about the next Shell Eco-marathon Asia.
In 2014, Shell Eco-marathon Asia will take place in Manila, Philippines from February 6 to 9. The historic Luneta Park in Manila will be transformed into a track where over 145 student teams from countries across Asia and West Asia will put cars that they have designed and built to the test — to see which car can travel the farthest distance using the least amount of energy.
“Shell Eco-marathon can trace its roots back to 1939 and a friendly bet between scientists at a Shell research facility in Illinois, USA, as to who could drive their own car the furthest on a gallon of fuel. In its current form, Shell Eco-marathon Europe began in 1985 in France. Shell Eco-marathon Asia first took place in Kuala Lumpur in 2010, where it remained till 2013,” says Menon.
This will be a four-day event, where students from Phillipines and other countries can participate. About the response from India this year, Menon says,“We have received an increasingly positive response from India over the last four years. With nine student teams participating from across the country in 2011, the numbers have grown to 11 teams in 2012, 15 teams in 2013 and 17 teams this year.”
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