The Semar Urban UGM team from the Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, a city in the Indonesian island of Java, clocked in a best mileage of 276.4 kilometres per cubic meter (km/m3), beating returning champion TP ECO FLASH from Temasek Polytechnic in Singapore who came in third this year. Singapore team HYD12OGEN from Nanyang Technological University came in second in the category.

Indonesian student teams clinched top three spots in other sub-categories of the Urban Concept competition: internal combustion engine and battery electric.

Eblin Alle Azarya, team manager of Semar Urban UGM said, “This is very surprising for us, because this is the first time we are competing in the hydrogen sub-category. This result has become a proud moment and has boosted our confidence for the Regional Championship.”

The team will compete with other top three teams of each category of the Urban Competition during the Regional Championship on Sunday, for a chance to qualify for the global World Championship later this year.

Prototype Competition

The Prototype Competition kicked off on Saturday where students are tasked to design ultraefficient, lightweight designs, typically with three wheels, with the primary goal of optimising the efficiency of innovative energy sources. They can then choose from one of three energy sources: battery-electric, hydrogen fuel cell or internal combustion engine (gasoline, ethanol, and/or diesel).

Forty-one out of 46 registered teams qualified to enter the Prototype competition. One of them is an all-women team from Qatar, known as GERNAS-E. The team members are students from the first batch of the mechatronics college, recently inaugurated in the women’s section of Qatar university.

Tala Zaim, driver of the team said, “We are proud that we met the technical guidelines, which were challenging for us, given this is the first time we are taking part in Shell Eco-marathon. But we are proud to be an all-women team taking part this year, and we hope to encourage more women to pursue Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education and be part of engineering a better future.”

Shell NXplorers: Encouraging critical thinking among the young generation

Alongside the main on-track competition, Shell Eco-marathon Asia-Pacific and the Middle East 2023 hosted the Shell NXPlorers side event starting on Saturday.

Shell NXplorers is an educational programme to help young people develop critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills throughout their school and professional lives.

In Indonesia, the Shell NXplorers programme consists of three main components: training, competition, and mentoring. During training, participants receive guidance on systematic thinking, scenario planning, and theories of change. This enables them to analyse complex problems and propose appropriate, sustainable solutions or changes.

In addition, participants competed in the NXplorers Indonesia Challenge where they were encouraged to choose a problem they wished to address, examine its root cause, propose a resolution, describe the tools and devices used, and present their most effective solution. Winners will be given a chance to be mentored, equipping them with practical tips to transform their ideas into reality.

Shell Eco-marathon Asia-Pacific and the Middle East 2023

Final Awards
Urban Concept

Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) Award

Rank Race Number Team Name Country School Name Best Attempts (km/l)
1 502 ITS Team Sapuangin Indonesia Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology 422.9
2 501 GARUDA UNY ECO TEAM I Indonesia Yogyakarta State University 388.1
3 503 Antawirya Indonesia Diponegoro University 286.3

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Award

Rank Race Number Team Name Country School Name
Best Attempts (km/l)
1 603 Semar Urban UGM Indonesia Gadjah Mada University 276.4
2 602 HYD12OGEN Singapore Nanyang Technological University 238.3
3 601 TP ECO FLASH Singapore Temasek Polytechnic 129.9

Battery-Electric Award

Rank Race Number Team Name Country School Name Best Attempts (km/kWh)
1 702 Apatte62 Brawijaya Team I Indonesia Brawijaya University 182.6
2 701 ARJUNA UI TEAM Indonesia University of Indonesia  171.6
3 714 TITEN UNEJ TEAM Indonesia Jember University 115.0

For more information, please contact:

Reza Fawzy
Corporate Communications - Shell Indonesia

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About Shell Eco-marathon

The Shell Eco-marathon challenges high school and college student teams from around the world to design and build the most energy efficient vehicles to address future energy challenges and promote smarter, more sustainable mobility. For more information, please visit (

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