Derby green car in Shell Eco-marathon

A battery-powered ‘eco car’ designed and built by University of Derby students is ready to hit the roads of Rotterdam

Engineering students have been preparing for the Shell Eco-marathon, now in its 30th year, for the past few months and their car is now ready for action.

The group of students and staff set out for the Dutch city today (Wednesday, May 14) ahead of the four-day event.

It is the second time the University has taken part and this year’s team have been challenged to build a car that will travel as far as possible on the equivalent of a single litre of fuel.

The University of Derby’s car will be run on battery power which can be charged through a typical electrical mains point. The Derby team will take on 200 teams – a total of 3,000 students – from 26 countries on a ten-lap street circuit.

Dani Harmanto, Lecturer in Engineering at the University of Derby, said: “This has been a fantastic experience for our students.

“We have worked together with help from the School of Technology and created something we are all proud of. It has been a challenge and a long process but we are all excited to see the car in action as it is finally complete and ready to be raced.”’

The Shell Eco-marathon is one of the world’s most challenging student innovation competitions and takes place annually in Europe, America and Asia.

The competition brings together future leaders in engineering, and a broader public passionate about energy issues. It encourages debate around sustainable solutions to the challenge of rising global energy demand.


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