Thirty-eight student teams qualify for on-track Shell Eco-marathon Asia-Pacific and the Middle East 2023 competition
Jul 06, 2023
Lombok – Thirty-eight student teams have so far passed detailed technical inspection to qualify to compete on the track in the Shell Eco-marathon Asia-Pacific and the Middle East 2023 competition, a regional event being held in Indonesia.
During technical inspections which close on Friday, teams must meet a set of technical, including safety, rules to qualify for the competition. Qualifying teams then go on to compete in two vehicle class categories, Prototype and Urban Concept, to determine which team is able to cover the longest distance with the least amount of fuel.
Held at the Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit in Lombok, an island in the West Nusa Tenggara province of Indonesia from July 4 to 9, the annual competition returned on track as a regional event this year, for the first time since the pandemic, allowing teams to compete against more participants. More than 70 teams have registered to participate this year.
This year, participants include returning students who are tweaking designs to make their cars more energy efficient and students who are competing for the first time, such as the KRAKATOA-EV team from Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa University in Banten, a western province on the Indonesian island of Java.
Despite being first timers in the event, the KRAKATOA-EV team, which will be competing in the Prototype class with their electric battery-fuelled vehicle, is determined to make an impact and wants to help accelerate efficient and energy-saving electric vehicle technology accessible by all.
Muhammad Angga Kusuma, representative of the team said, “Participating in Shell Eco-marathon is a first for us and we want to show that we are capable of competing in an international competition and we couldn't be prouder or more excited to have qualified for such an enormous event on our first attempt. With the innovative materials and vehicle technology that we have designed, we are prepared to face tough competition, especially from other countries.”
The team will challenge 26 other contestants in the same category, including the Perkasa Darussalam team from Brunei Darussalam University in Brunei, a team also participating in the Prototype category of the competition for the first time.
Ahmad Danial, the representative of Perkasa Darussalam Team, said, “As a team, we want to challenge ourselves at a more competitive level. By participating in a world class competition, we want to showcase our best and enhance our skill through positive mindsets.”
New teams will face off returning winners such as the Semar Proto UGM (UGM Yogyakarta), Batavia Generation Team (UNJ Jakarta) and IMEI Team (University of Muhammadiyah Sidoarjo) in the same category this year. They were top winners in the Prototype vehicle category last year with their electric battery fuel.
Future of mobility
Energy demand is increasing globally, driven by a growing population with its increasing standard of living. At the sidelines of the Shell Eco-marathon Asia-Pacific and the Middle East 2023 competition, Shell hosted a panel session titled "Future of Mobility with Zero Emission” discussing Indonesia’s mobility journey towards net-zero emissions and how government, small-medium enterprises and the industry can play a collective role in shaping this journey.
The panel featured speakers, including Ingrid Siburian, President Director and Country Chair of Shell Indonesia, Gigih Udi Atmo, Director of Conservation Energy, Directorate General of New, Renewable and Conservation Energy, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources of Indonesia, and Rahul Gupta, associate partner and a senior expert on sustainability at McKinsey & Company. They discussed the progress and outlook for the future of mobility in South-east Asia, the milestones which will indicate progress and the importance of collaboration.
Thirty-eight student teams qualify for on-track Shell Eco-marathon
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