Twenty-five teams made up of varsity students will be flying the Malaysian flag at the Shell Eco-Marathon® Asia 2013 ; a unique competition that challenges students to build a vehicle that can travel the furthest using the least amount of energy.
Malaysia will send the largest number of teams in the competition with 25, out of the 150 teams from 16 Asian countries.
In the run up to the race at Sepang from July 4th to 7th, a ceremonial send-off event was held at Monash University Sunway Campus, Bandar Sunway in Selangor for the Malaysian contingent recently, with student teams showcasing their innovations and sharing stories of their aspirations.
This year’s line-up boasts of a range of new and improvised vehicles running on a variety of energy sources such as diesel, hydrogen, batteries, plug-in electricity, and solar.
The Malaysian contingent is made up of teams from Selangor, Wilayah Persekutuan, Penang, Perak, Pahang, Johor, Malacca and Sarawak. They include University of Malaya, International Islamic University Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM Shah Alam and Penang Campus), Universiti Malaysia Pahang, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, UNITEN (Universiti Tenaga Nasional), Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi Petronas, Multimedia University Melaka Campus, Curtin University of Technology (Sarawak Campus), Asia Pacific University, German-Malaysian Institute, Monash University Malaysia, Politeknik Seberang Perai and University College of Technology and Innovation.
Designed specifically to inspire the participants to develop new approaches to sustainable mobility, the Shell Eco-marathon encourages innovation and reinforces conservation amongst the teams as they strive to come up with the most energy efficient vehicle.
Returning teams have honed their design ideas since last year’s competition, and found new ways to improve their energy efficiency and focus on sustainability, but there are a few brand new teams, all excited to be here for the first time.
Altogether there are 18 teams attending this real-world engineering challenge for their second or third year and have put their experience from past events to good use.
Azman Ismail Managing Director of Shell Malaysia Trading Sdn Bhd and Shell Timur Sdn Bhd said: “Shell Eco-marathon is an inspiring element of Shell's "Smarter Mobility" approach to speed up the global shift to cleaner, more energy-efficient road transport”.
“The Shell-Eco-Marathon is an educational project that encourages and fosters innovation in exploring potential solutions to both current and future transport and energy challenges.